Ga., S.C. electors cast electoral votes

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ATLANTA - Presidential electors are gathering in Atlanta and other state capitals across the country to cast the votes that will formally elect Barack Obama as president.

It's a mostly ceremonial procedure. But it is one mandated by the Constitution - and a necessary one, as well.

Georgia's 15 electoral votes went to Republican John McCain, despite a late push by President-elect Barack Obama's campaign.

South Carolina's eight Electoral College members are expected to cast their votes for Arizona Sen. John McCain in one of the final acts of the 2008 presidential election.

In South Carolina, McCain won 54 percent of the vote to Obama's 45 percent.

The Electoral College's 537 members are casting votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia - a majority of 270 is required to win. The tally for Obama based on the Nov. 4 vote is expected to be 365, and McCain is expected to received 173.


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