Nelson proposes amendment to abolish Electoral College listen01/08/09 SeÃ¡n Kinane
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Members of Congress today formally read off the Electoral College votes from each state and officially declared Barack Obama the 44th president of the United States.
The outcome was 365 votes for Obama and 173 for John McCain.
Later, Floridaâ€™s senior senator, Democrat Bill Nelson proposed a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College and elect the president by a simple popular vote. â€œThatâ€™s going to be a lengthy process.â€