Congress verifies: Obama, Biden win Electoral College vote

WASHINGTON Fri Jan 4, 2013 2:16pm EST

1 of 8. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) preside over a joint session of Congress to count the Electoral College Ballots for the U.S. Presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 4, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Congress formally confirmed on Friday, nearly two months after polls closed, that President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden won the 2012 White House election.

At a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives, lawmakers carried out the final phase of a process known as the Electoral College that dates back to the founding of the nation.

They verified the vote of 538 electors from the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, each of whom represented a presidential and vice presidential candidate. Electors were picked on Election Day, based on the popular vote.

In approving and then adding up individual certification documents, they confirmed that Democrats Obama and Biden beat Republican challengers Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, 332-206. At least 270 electoral votes are needed to win.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Biden, as Senate president, presided over the process that lasted about 30 minutes.

(Reporting By Thomas Ferraro; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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Comments (4)
AlkalineState wrote:
But what about Rasmussen? They showed Romney ahead! Remember all the republican boasting about how January was going to be the “end of an error.”

Good times. Looks like good old raz-missin’ tricked you republicans again. “We’re in this! Just send more money and we’ll stay ahead.”

You should have sent more. HaHaHa

Jan 04, 2013 3:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
whuppsadaisy wrote:
Better count it aleast three times for birther friends. The results in the long form please.

Jan 04, 2013 4:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:
Raz-missin’ has Romney in lead even on election day. You conservatives might want to re-think the accuracy of that service. This is the second national election in a row they’ve chumped. A broken gas gauge, stuck on 3/4 tank is fun good news, until you run out of gas:

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/polls/266097-poll-romney-leads-obama-49-48-nationwide

Jan 04, 2013 5:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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