United States presidential election, 2008
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November 4, 2008 → 2012
All 538 electoral votes of the Electoral College

270 electoral votes needed to win

Turnout 61.6% (voting eligible)[1]
Nominee Hillary Clinton John McCain
Party Democratic Republican
Home state New York Arizona
Running mate Bill Richardson Sarah Palin
Electoral vote 365 173
States carried 28 + DC + NE-02 22
Popular vote 69,498,516 59,948,323
Percentage 52.9% 45.7%
President before election

George W. Bush Republican

Elected President

Hillary Clinton Democratic

The United States presidential election of 2008 was the 56th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 4, 2008. Democratic Party nominee Senator Hillary Clinton and running mate Governor Bill Richardson defeated Republican Party nominee Senator John McCain and running mate Governor Sarah Palin.

The incumbent president, George W. Bush, was ineligible to be elected to a third term due to term limits in the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution. McCain secured the Republican nomination by March 2008, Clinton would secure the Democratic nomination by April 2008.

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