Bush 286, Kerry 252
WASHINGTON (AFP) - President George W. Bush won re-election with 286 electoral votes while Democratic challenger John Kerry amassed 252 electoral votes, according to a final tally compiled after the midwestern state of Iowa fell into the Bush column.
Results from a tight presidential race in Iowa had been delayed since Tuesday’s vote while the ballots were counted. Bush won the state by 14,000 votes according to results obtained Friday from the Iowa secretary of state’s office.
Iowa’s seven electoral votes boosted Bush’s final tally in the 538-member Electoral College to 286. A total of 270 was needed for election and Bush crossed the barrier on Wednesday when Kerry conceded the state of Ohio and its 20 electoral votes.
Bush won 31 states in Tuesday’s election while Kerry won 19 states and the nation’s capital, Washington, DC.
Courtesy of LGF reader Jean G., here’s a map showing the voting in the United States by county: