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2008 Election Results

The 2008 U.S. presidential election was the 56th quadrennial presidential election. The election took place on November 4, 2008, and was a contest between Democrat Barack Obama and Republic John McCain. The 2008 election was the first since 1952 in which neither major party’s presidential nominee was the incumbent president or the incumbent vice president.

At the time, Barack Obama was a junior U.S. senator from Illinois. The Democratic primaries were a fierce competition between Obama and Senator Hilary Clinton. Clinton became the first woman to win a major party’s presidential primary after winning the New Hampshire primary. After a long battle for the nomination, Obama was victorious in the end and secured the Democratic nomination in June 2008. Obama chose Delaware Senator Joe Biden as his running mate. Senator John McCain’s competition for the Republic nomination included former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, among others. McCain secured the nomination relatively quickly in March 2008. McCain sought to be the oldest elected president in U.S. history and chose Sarah Palin as his running mate, who would have become the first woman vice president in U.S. history.

Early in the campaign, the Iraq War and President Bush’s unpopularity were popular topics. During the general campaign, McCain attempted to portray Obama as inexperienced and naive, someone who would be too friendly with anti-American regimes such as those in Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela. Simultaneously, Obama campaigned on the theme that “Washington must change.” Obama’s campaign also tied McCain to President Bush at almost every opportunity, who was regarded as one of the most unpopular modern presidents. Throughout the campaign, Obama faced attacks for being a Muslim despite being a practicing Christian. This led to his campaign making a website to, “Fight the Smears.”

The 2008 financial crisis, which peaked in September, greatly affected the presidential campaign. This shifted the focus of the campaign to domestic policy and the economy. McCain made the decision to pause his campaign, which ultimately backfired as voters saw the move as erratic. On November 4, 2008, the American people voted for their next president.

Barack Obama won the following states in the election:

John McCain won the following states:

In the 2008 election, nine states changed their allegiance from the 2004 election. These included Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia. Each of these states voted Republican in the 2004 election but voted for Obama in the 2008 election. Voter turnout was the highest it had been in four decades.

Barack Obama won by a considerable margin, receiving 69,456,897 popular votes while John McCain received 59,934,814 popular votes. Obama had received more votes than any candidate in history. When the selected electors from each of the 50 states and D.C. voted on December 15, 2008, Obama received 365 votes over McCain’s 173. Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009. He became the first African American president in U.S. history.

2008 Election Results

Presidential Election - 2008

Barack Obama38.74%
John McCain60.32%
Barack Obama37.89%
John McCain59.42%
Barack Obama45.12%
John McCain53.64%
Barack Obama38.86%
John McCain58.72%
Barack Obama61.01%
John McCain36.95%
Barack Obama53.66%
John McCain44.71%
Barack Obama60.59%
John McCain38.22%
Barack Obama61.94%
John McCain36.95%
Barack Obama51.03%
John McCain48.22%
Barack Obama46.99%
John McCain52.20%
Barack Obama71.85%
John McCain26.58%
Barack Obama36.09%
John McCain61.52%
Barack Obama61.92%
John McCain36.78%
Barack Obama49.95%
John McCain48.91%
Barack Obama53.93%
John McCain44.39%
Barack Obama41.65%
John McCain56.61%
Barack Obama41.17%
John McCain57.40%
Barack Obama39.93%
John McCain58.56%
Barack Obama57.71%
John McCain40.38%
Barack Obama61.92%
John McCain36.47%
Barack Obama61.80%
John McCain35.99%
Barack Obama57.43%
John McCain40.96%
Barack Obama54.06%
John McCain43.82%
Barack Obama43.00%
John McCain56.18%
Barack Obama49.29%
John McCain49.43%
Barack Obama47.25%
John McCain49.51%
Barack Obama41.60%
John McCain56.53%
Barack Obama55.15%
John McCain42.65%
Barack Obama54.13%
John McCain44.52%
Barack Obama57.27%
John McCain41.70%
Barack Obama56.91%
John McCain41.78%
Barack Obama62.88%
John McCain36.03%
Barack Obama49.70%
John McCain49.38%
Barack Obama44.62%
John McCain53.25%
Barack Obama51.50%
John McCain46.91%
Barack Obama34.35%
John McCain65.65%
Barack Obama56.75%
John McCain40.40%
Barack Obama54.49%
John McCain44.17%
Barack Obama62.86%
John McCain35.06%
Barack Obama44.90%
John McCain53.87%
Barack Obama44.75%
John McCain53.16%
Barack Obama41.83%
John McCain56.90%
Barack Obama43.68%
John McCain55.45%
Barack Obama34.41%
John McCain62.58%
Barack Obama67.46%
John McCain30.45%
Barack Obama52.63%
John McCain46.33%
Barack Obama57.65%
John McCain40.48%
Barack Obama42.59%
John McCain55.71%
Barack Obama56.22%
John McCain42.31%
Barack Obama32.54%
John McCain64.78%

Last Updated: 2020-04-02

2008 Election Results


2008 Election Results

2008 Election Results