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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- You may have voted in the presidential election last November 6, but Florida's results did not become official until Monday.

Florida's 29 electors gathered in the state Senate and signed ballots that gave all 29 of the state's electoral votes to President Barack Obama.

Each elector cast one vote for president and one vote for vice president. The same procedure was held in every state Monday.

A total of 538 electors cast ballots nationwide.

Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith was one of the electors to cast his ballot for the president. He called it a great honor.

"I was excited for Florida being able to cast its electoral votes for the president. The president becomes the first Democrat since Franklin Roosevelt to win back-to-back in Florida so that's pretty exciting for the White House and pretty exciting for the country."

President Obama won Florida by a margin of 50 - 49 percent. Floridians cast 8.4 million votes - the president received about 74,000 more votes than Mitt Romney.

The Electoral College was created in 1787 by the framers of the U.S. Constitution.

On January 6, 2013, a joint session of Congress will convene to tally all the results and announce them.

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