Monday, December 15, 2008

Electors officially cast their votes

The Globe reports:

Today marks another milestone on the path for the nation's first black president.

Electors meet in each state to cast their votes, which are to be counted by Congress on Jan. 6. Though they are not obligated to follow the popular vote, they almost always do. President-elect Barack Obama won 365 on Nov. 4 -- well above the 270 needed in the Electoral College.


There will also be another kind of history today -- for the first time since 1892, a state will divide its electoral votes. Obama won one of the votes in Nebraska, which joins Maine as the only states that divide theirs by congressional district. Republican John McCain won the other four in Nebraska.


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