Congress counts Electoral College votes, officially ending 2012 presidential race

A joint session of the U.S. Congress was held Friday to open and count Electoral College votes submitted by the 50 states and District of Columbia, ending the 2012 presidential election.

Vice President Joe Biden presided during the session in which he and Democratic President Barack Obama were officially re-elected with 332 electoral votes to the 206 for Republican Mitt Romney and his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan.

Obama’s tally was down from the 365 electoral votes he won in 2008. The threshold to win the Electoral College and the presidency is 270 votes. A state’s electoral votes are equal to its total number of representatives and senators in Congress.

North Carolina’s 15 electoral votes went to Romney, who won the state’s popular vote on Nov. 6.

Audio of Friday’s joint congressional session can be heard below, courtesy of

Full video of the 2012 meeting of the North Carolina Electoral College can be seen here.

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