Tradition has trumped suspense as members of the Electoral College cast the final, official votes in the presidential election.

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Mitt Romney and President Obama meet during the third Presidential debate. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Though just a constitutional formality, President Barack Obama officially marched to a second term on Monday as electors voted.

Obama had well more than the 270 votes required to win the White House. California's 55 electoral votes -- the largest cache in any state -- helped put the Democratic president over the top by late Monday afternoon.

The rite played out in state capitols involved party luminaries and tireless activists carrying out the will of their state's voters. The popular vote from state-to-state dictates whether Democratic and Republican electors get the honor. But the outcome wasn't in doubt.

Obama is on course to get 332 votes to Romney's 206, barring defectors.


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