Jimmy Carter was officially declared the winner of the November 2nd United States' Presidential election in Washington on Thursday (6 January).
GV Election night November 2, 1976 in NBC studio.
CU NBC projection, Carter being elected.
CU Map of USA showing election results.
CU Electoral results
SV State of Illinois votes on December 13/76 (2 shots)
GV Congressional voting for President. (4 shots)
SV Vice-President Rockefeller announcing results.
TRANSCRIPT: SIMPSON: "Election night, 1976".
COMMENTATOR: "N.B.C. news projects James Earl Carter of the state of Georgia elected the next President of the United States."
SIMPSON: "But that didn't make him President. We only voted for a President in November, we did not elect one. American Presidents are not elected by popular vote, they're chosen by the electoral college. The electors of the states like these in Illinois met and voted in December, and Carter won that one too. But he still wasn't President. Almost every year someone offers an amendment that would eliminate the electoral middle man. So far no one has succeeded. So today, the 6th of January at one hour past noon, the senate and the house met at a joint session to count the electoral votes."
CONGRESSMAN: "The certificate of the electoral vote of the State of Alabama seems to be ready. Let it form and authenticate (indistinct).. therefore Jimmy Carter from the state of Georgia received nine votes for President and Walter F. Mondale of the state of Minnesota received nine votes for Vice-President."
SIMPSON: "The outcome was then official".
ROCKEFELLER: "Governor Carter of the state of Georgia has received for the Presidency of the United States, 297 votes, President Ford of the State of Michigan has received 240 votes. Governor Reagan of the state of California has received 1 vote."
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REPORTER: CAROLE SIMPSON
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Background: Jimmy Carter was officially declared the winner of the November 2nd United States' Presidential election in Washington on Thursday (6 January). According to traditional formalities a final ballot count is done by the electoral college. Vice-President Rockefeller announced the results. N.B.C. reporter Carole Simpson has the details.