The world's biggest show is kicking off. Never before has a US presidential election been so closely followed from all corners of the world. Our Observers from Beijing to Baghdad tell us what they'll be doing when we find out who will lead the world's superpower.
Christophe Mallet is a consultant in Melbourne, Australia.
Lots of people are holding their breath - they don't want to imagine that Obama won't win. They really want the US to move on from Bush. I heard on TV that journalists expect a boost on the stock market if Obama wins. Everybody's going to be following the election online because it's in the middle of the day and we'll all be at work. Tuesday and Wednesday aren't going to be very productive days for Australia!"
Mohammed is a dentist in Baghdad.
Bertrand Kpogo is a blogger in Cotonou, Benin.
Alex Chen is a waiter in Beijing.
Bush's policy wasn't good for the Chinese people. And I don't think Obama's policy is as friendly towards China as the Chinese think it could be, as with the economy growth here, we play a more and more important role in world events now. We're increasingly confident, so I think the US will finally have to find a more realistic policy for China. As for the American people; I like them. They come into my restaurant and they're very funny. I'll be working when the results are announced, so I won't be able to watch the election. I'll find out when I finish my shift."
Maria Vaniashina is a housewife from Moscow.
However, in general, people support Obama because Bush and his command are too aggressive. Obama, and the Democrats in general, are better for the Russian people - the Republicans are a bit difficult with us. The thing me and my friends think is great about Obama is that he's a black American. My friends say the elections in the US are like a big show - it's not truly democratic. But him being in power shows some democracy.
Of course we'll watch the election; it's a show for us too. But it's not a football game; we won't be going to the pub to see it."
Cristina Civale is a journalist from Buenos Aires.