The President-elect?

Obama says will confront economic woes head-on

CHICAGO (Reuters) – President-elect Barack Obama said on Friday the United States was facing one of its greatest economic challenges and vowed to confront the crisis head-on as soon as he takes office in January.

Why do you call a candidate “elect” when under US Constitution ONLY the Electoral Collage elects our president?

The Electoral College has NOT acted yet.


This is the proper term. The Presidential Transition Act of 1963 authorizes the Administrator of the General Services Administration to certify the apparent winner of the November general election as the President-elect, even before the December vote of the Electoral College. This is necessary to free up transition funding, office space, etc. prior to the January inauguration: GBU Editor

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