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Final votes counted going to Obama

Dec. 15, 2012 at 1:28 PM
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The margin of President Obama's win in last month's U.S. elections has widened as the final ballots are counted, vote totals said.

The Los Angeles Times said Saturday the Election Day margin of just over 2 percent has gradually widened out to nearly 4 percent.

The Cook Political Report Friday gave Obama 50.97 percent of the popular vote to Mitt Romney's 47.3 percent. The totals include 47 states where the results have been certified as final.

Cook's David Wasserman told the Times the majority of the estimated 413,000 uncounted ballots were mainly in New York, a state that leaned heavily Democratic.

The Times said if Obama surpassed 51 percent of the popular vote, he would be only the fifth president in U.S. history to win election twice with 51 percent of the vote.

The last president to accomplish that feat was Dwight Eisenhower. The others included Franklin Roosevelt, Ulysses Grant, William McKinley and Andrew Jackson, the Times said.

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