2008 US Presidential Election Result, Past US election Result, US Presidential Election History Details winner candidates party vote %, US Election Results

2008 US Presidential Election Result, Past US election Result, US Presidential Election History Details winner candidates party vote %, US Election Resultsus-map

The 56th quadrennial United States presidential election was held on November 4, 2008. Outgoing Republican President George W. Bush's policies and actions and the American public's desire for change were key issues throughout the campaign. During the presidential election campaign, the major-party candidates ran on a platform of change and reform in Washington. Domestic policy and the economy eventually emerged as the main themes in the last few months of the election campaign after the onset of the 2008 economic crisis.

Democrat Barack Obama, then junior United States Senator from Illinois, defeated Republican John McCain. Nine states changed allegiance from the 2004 election. Each had voted for the Republican nominee in 2004 and contributed to Obama's sizable Electoral College victory. The selected electors from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia voted for President and Vice President of the United States on December 15, 2008. Those votes were tallied before a joint session of Congress on January 8, 2009. Obama received 365 electoral votes, and McCain 173.

Presidential candidate Party Home state Popular vote Electoral Running mate
Count Pct vote Vice-presidential candidate Home state Elect. vote
Barack Hussein Obama Democratic Illinois 6,94,98,516 52.93% 365 Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. Delaware 365
John Sidney McCain Republican Arizona 5,99,48,323 45.65% 173 Sarah Palin Alaska 173
Ralph Nader Independent Connecticut 7,39,034 0.56% 0 Matt Gonzalez California 0
Bob Barr Libertarian Georgia 5,23,715 0.40% 0 Wayne Allyn Root Nevada 0
Chuck Baldwin Constitution Florida 1,99,750 0.15% 0 Darrell Castle Tennessee 0
Cynthia McKinney Green Georgia 1,61,797 0.12% 0 Rosa Clemente North Carolina 0
Other 2,42,685 0.18% Other
Total 13,13,13,820 100% 538   538
Needed to win 270   270