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Obama Re-Elected!

Some readers will recall that, six weeks ago, we held a non-binding referendum asking Americans whether they would prefer to continue to be governed by Barack Obama or give Mitt Romney a try. By a significant margin, they expressed a preference for staying the course. Yesterday, America’s actual presidential election was held, with similar results.

AP (“Electoral College vote affirms Obama re-election“):

Tradition trumped suspense Monday as members of the Electoral College cast the official, final votes in the 2012 presidential election, a constitutional formality on President Obama’s march to a second term.

The rite playing in state capitols involved party luminaries and tireless activists carrying out the will of each state’s voters. The popular vote from state-to-state dictates whether Democratic or Republican electors get the honor, but the outcome wasn’t in doubt. Obama had well more than the 270 votes required to win the White House.

Obama was on course to get 332 votes to Republican Mitt Romney’s 206, barring defectors known as “faithless electors.” California’s 55 electoral votes — the largest cache in any state — helped put the Democratic president over the top by late Monday afternoon. Electors also were affirming Joe Biden for another term as vice president.

“Everybody votes for president, but nobody gets a real vote except a presidential elector,” said elector Mike Bohan of Oregon, which was in Obama’s column.

The results won’t be official until Congress counts them next month. Given the margin, though, it’s quite likely that Obama will be retained for another term.

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James Joyner is the publisher of Outside the Beltway, an associate professor of security studies at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. He earned a PhD in political science from The University of Alabama. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter.

Comments

  1. Jeremy says:

    I like how Syracuse gets on the map. Hometown pride, or at least as close as a guy from Westernville can get.

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  2. Unskew The Electoral College!

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  3. Rick DeMent says:

    Was it close?

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  4. starkruzr says:

    Somewhat more accurate map.

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  5. OzarkHillbilly says:

    OH THE TYRANNY!

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  6. Barfour says:

    This map of the US is small on my phone so I can’t see it very clearly but it looks creepy. What type of map is this?

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  7. Geek, Esq. says:

    Karl Rove is disputing the call so early in the process.

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  8. JKB says:

    This is sad news. We’ll cry later. Those not Obama cronies who voted for Obama probably most of all.

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  9. MM says:

    Maybe the birther electors that AZ sent will finally make their case in a coherent and rational way. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to wait to see if any Hollywood starlets are going to call my cell phone.

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  10. grumpy realist says:

    Expect the Birthers to try to somehow “upend” this vote…La Taitz is on her umpteenth appeal to SCOTUS.

    At what point cwill the courts just swat down these lulus and charge them $ for frivolous filings?

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  11. Franklin says:

    @starkruzr: I’ll grant you that at least that map considers the Upper Peninsula to be part of Michigan.

    But Notre Dame sucks as Alabama will be clearly demonstrating next month.

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  12. starkruzr says:

    @Franklin: You might not have heard, but it’s pretty hard to “suck” and go undefeated in college football. We played a schedule harder than Bama’s and went 12-0. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1443164-power-ranking-the-2013-bcs-teams-by-strength-of-schedule/page/7

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  13. Brummagem Joe says:

    Time to fly old glory upside down……today’s funniest story…..in the NYT

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  14. bill says:

    maybe he’ll get another nobel peace prize for whatever it was he did 4yrs ago?!

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  15. An Interested Party says:

    This is sad news. We’ll cry later.

    Oh please…if your comments are any indication, you have been crying ever since election day…

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