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VOA Election Night Coverage

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November 07, 2012 7:54 AM
President Barack Obama defeated Republican rival Mitt Romney to win reelection to the White House for four more years. VOA covered the results as they came in along with the victory and concession speeches by the candidates.

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What is the Electoral College?


  • Established in the Constitution as a compromise between election of the president by a vote in Congress and a popular vote of qualified citizens
  • Consists of 538 electors, 270 electoral votes are required to be president
  • Each state is allotted the number of electors determined by the Constitution
  • When people vote in the election they are voting for their candidate’s electors in their state
  • Most states have a winner-take-all system for electors
  • The electors meet in December to vote for president and vice president
  • Those votes are counted in Congress on Jan. 6

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