Electoral College casts votes for president, vice president

January 1, 2013

By Staff

Washington’s Electoral College cast the state’s 12 votes for president and vice president Dec. 17 for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

Each state is afforded the same number of electors equal to the number of senators and representatives a state has in Congress.

Democrats chose the electors from the state’s 10 congressional districts at caucuses in May, and chose the at-large electors at the state Democratic Party convention in June.

Obama and Biden received 56.16 percent of votes in Washington. Republican Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan pulled in 41.29 percent statewide.

Dec. 17 also marked the date when electors met in each state to cast votes for president and vice president. In every state except Maine and Nebraska, the winner of the popular vote in a state wins all electoral votes in the state.

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