January 4, 2013
While it may come as a surprise since Election Day was about two months ago, Barack Obama and Joe Biden were not officially re-elected until today (January 4), when the electoral vote results of each state (certified by the Electors) were read and tabulated in Congress. There were no surprises: The final tally was Obama 332, Romney 206 for President; Biden 332, Ryan 206 for Vice-President. For those interested in the process of getting from the vote on Election Day to today, this article from the National Archives website provides a high-level summary. That narrative specifies January 6th as the date for the count in Congress; we're assuming it was changed to today because the 6th is a Sunday.
The final popular vote totals were 65,899,660 for Obama-Biden (51.1%) and 60,932,152 (47.2%) for Romney-Ryan. Visit our states area to see the 2012 popular vote percentages, and compare those to the prior 4 elections.
(Note that the very bottom part of these pages are not yet updated for 2012.) **
In the weeks ahead, we'll be updating the site (and our iPad App) to let you start creating and sharing 2016 electoral maps. Since both parties will have new nominees, the updates will allow you to create specific Democratic and Republican match-ups. **