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Wisconsin officially casts 10 electoral votes for President Obama

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign rally at the Henry Maier Festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign rally at the Henry Maier Festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin has made its re-election of President Obama official.

Democratic members of the Electoral College cast their 10 votes during the noon hour Monday in Governor Walker’s conference room at the State Capitol.

They smiled, laughed, and applauded the president’s victory – and the entire vote-casting process took about 20 minutes. The votes were sent to Vice President Joe Biden in his role as the president of the U.S. Senate.

Copies are also going to the National Archives, the Wisconsin Secretary of State’s office, and Madison’s federal court.

The law requires the winner of the statewide popular vote to get all 10 of Wisconsin’s electoral votes. A Republican lawmaker had proposed giving an electoral vote to the candidate who wins each of the state’s eight U.S. House districts, plus two to the statewide winner.

Had the measure gone anywhere, the state’s electoral vote would have ended in a tie – even though President Obama won the popular vote by 7 percent over Republican Mitt Romney. 

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