Obama was officially re-elected with the tallying of the Electoral College vote on Friday. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
President Barack Obama was officially re-elected on Friday with the tallying of the Electoral College vote during a joint session of Congress.
As expected, Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. won 332 electoral votes, exceeding the 270 necessary for a majority of the 538 votes. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., won 206 votes.
The quadrennial occasion is constitutionally mandated to certify the presidential election. But it’s largely a formality, and the only surprise may have been the scant number of members of the House and Senate who witnessed it — far fewer than four years ago, when Obama was set to become the country’s first African-American president. Full story