WASHINGTON (AP) _ Congress formally certified Saturday that George W. Bush won last year's extraordinary presidential election, with defeated Vice President Gore presiding over the session and announcing the results after House Democrats objecting futilely to counting Florida's votes.

There was no suspense over the outcome because not a single senator joined the House members in their formal objections, as required under the law. As a result, Republican Bush kept Florida's 25 electoral votes and defeated Democrat Gore by 271-266 in the Electoral College.

``May God bless our new president and new vice president and may God bless the United States of America,'' Gore said.

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