North Carolina added its 15 electoral votes to the national total for Democrat Barack Obama in a ceremony that formally brought the presidential election to a close.
Members of the North Carolina electoral college unanimously voted for Obama and his running mate, Democratic Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware. The vote took place Monday in the Capitol Building's Old Hall of the House of Representatives in Raleigh.
Secretary of State Elaine Marshall presided over the nearly 90-minute ceremony. She said the election marked a changing point in the history of North Carolina, a state that last chose a Democrat for president in 1976.
Obama won last month's popular vote in North Carolina over GOP Sen. John McCain, and with it the right to have Democratic electors cast the official ballots for the state.
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