365 to 173.
Ok. It is official. Congress has counted the votes and I am finally willing to call Obama President-Elect. According to a map I looked at today, Obama was supposed to win 364 to 174, but it turns out the extra vote came from Nebraska, which as you know if you read my previous blogs on Electoral College (and chose to clutter your brain with this piece of information), Nebraska is one of the two states that actually has the system to split its votes. So, probably, the map of the November election results was simply too lazy to split out Nebraska's Obama vote.
It is apparently not typical that people were watching Internet news stories today to see the results. Most people figured that the presidential race was a done deal. Practically speaking, it was, but I was holding out hope that something unusual would happen. It probably would not be good for the country for 90 - some EC voters to switch over, but I was hoping for a little more excitement than one vote from Nebraska going to Obama... especially since that is what that voter was probably supposed to do. I am pretty sure this is the first time either Nebraska or Maine has actually split up their votes, so we do actually have something a bit unusual. I guess I'll have to take it.
By the way, Inauguration Day is Tuesday, January 20, 2009.
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