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NC, SC gives electoral votes to Romney, Ryan

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COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

South Carolina has cast its nine electoral votes for the Republican presidential ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

The state's electors met Monday in Columbia. Secretary of State Mark Hammond certified the results and will send them to Washington, D.C., to be counted by Congress.

Last month, almost 55 percent of South Carolina's voters cast ballots for the former Massachusetts governor for president and Wisconsin congressman for vice president.

South Carolina has now voted for the Republican for president for nine elections in a row. Jimmy Carter was the last Democrat to win the state in 1976.

Republicans hold all statewide elected offices in South Carolina and control both legislative chambers.

North Carolina also made its choices for president and vice president official.

Fifteen Republicans meeting Monday in the old Capitol building in Raleigh picked as the state's presidential electors cast the state's 15 electoral votes for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

The Romney-Ryan ticket edged Democratic President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden by 92,000 votes in the state's popular vote on Election Day six weeks ago. That gave the GOP the right to cast the electoral votes.

Romney's career as businessman and governor was praised before the vote by Art Pope, the retail-store magnate and former state legislator who has been a top funder of conservative causes and candidates.

Obama was re-elected to a second term. He won North Carolina's electoral votes four years ago.

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