United States presidential election, 2008
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November 4, 2008
Turnout 58.2%
Jobs Official portrait of John McCain 2005
Party Democratic Republican
Nominee Steve Jobs John McCain
Running Mate Barack Obama Sarah Palin
Electoral vote 365 173
States Carried 28+DC 22
Popular vote 69,498,516 59,948,323
Percentage 52.9% 45.7%
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The United States presidential election of 2008 was the 56th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 4, 2008. Democratic Party nominee Apple CEO Steve Jobs and running mate Senator Barack Obama defeated Republican Party nominee Senator John McCain and running mate Governor Sarah Palin. Steve Jobs became the first Atheist ever to be elected president of the United States, and Barack Obama became the first African-American ever to serve as vice president.

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.


Democratic Party


  • Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Inc
  • Barack Obama, US Senator from Illinois (Withdrew June 7, 2008 and endorsed Steve Jobs)
  • Hillary Clinton, US Senator from New York (Withdrew January 30, 2008 and endorsed Barack Obama, she later endorsed Steve Jobs)
  • John Edwards, Former US Senator from North Carolina (Withdrew January 30, 2008 and endorsed Steve Jobs)
  • Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico (withdrew on January 10, 2008 and endorsed Steve Jobs)
  • Dennis Kucinich, U.S. Representative from Ohio (withdrew on January 24, 2008 and endorsed Barack Obama, he later endorsed Steve Jobs) w
  • Joe Biden, U.S. Senator from Delaware (withdrew on January 3, 2008 and endorsed Barack Obama, he later endorsed Steve Jobs)
  • Mike Gravel, former U.S. Senator from Alaska (withdrew on March 25, 2008 to run for the Libertarian Party nomination. After losing the nomination, he endorsed Jesse Johnson)
  • Christopher Dodd, U.S. Senator from Connecticut (withdrew on January 3, 2008 and endorsed Steve Jobs)
  • Evan Bayh, U.S. Senator from Indiana (withdrew on December 15, 2006 and endorsed Steve Jobs)
  • Tom Vilsack, former Governor of Iowa (withdrew on February 23, 2007 and endorsed Hillary Clinton. He later endorsed Barack Obama, then Steve Jobs)

Republican Party


  • John McCain, U.S. Senator from Arizona
  • Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts (withdrew on February 7, 2008 and endorsed John McCain)
  • Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas (withdrew on March 4, 2008 and endorsed John McCain)
  • Ron Paul, U.S. Representative from Texas (withdrew on June 12, 2008 and endorsed Chuck Baldwin)
  • Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City (withdrew on January 30, 2008 and endorsed John McCain)
  • Fred Thompson, former U.S. Senator from Tennessee (withdrew on January 22, 2008 and endorsed John McCain)
  • Alan Keyes, former U.S. ECOSOC Ambassador from Maryland (withdrew on April 15, 2008 to run for the Constitution Party nomination. After losing that nomination, he ran as the America's Independent Party nominee.)
  • Duncan Hunter, U.S. Representative from California (withdrew on January 19, 2008 and endorsed Mike Huckabee. He later endorsed John McCain)
  • Tom Tancredo, U.S. Representative from Colorado (withdrew on December 20, 2007 and endorsed Mitt Romney. He later endorsed John McCain)
  • Sam Brownback, U.S. Senator from Kansas (withdrew on October 18, 2007 and endorsed John McCain)
  • Tommy Thompson, former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (withdrew on August 12, 2007 and endorsed Rudy Giuliani. He later endorsed John McCain)
  • Jim Gilmore, former Governor of Virginia (withdrew on July 14, 2007 and endorsed John McCain)

McCain had secured the Republican Nomination by March 2008. A tight race between Steve Jobs and Obama came to an end on June 7, 2008 when Senator Obama dropped out and supported Jobs.

Election Night

Democratic Nominee Steve Jobs had an overwhelming victory against Republican Nominee John McCain claiming 365 electoral votes to McCain's 173 Electoral Votes. Jobs would be Inaugurated as President on January 20, 2009 and served until his death on October 5, 2011.