The 2008 Confederate States Presidential Election saw Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee defeat Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards in a landslide.
Republican party nomination
Republican presidential candidates
- Jim Gilmore, former Governor of Virginia
- Mike Huckabee, Governor of Arkansas
- Steve Largent, Governor of Sequoyah
- John McCain, C.S. senator from Arizona
- Mark Sanford, Governor of South Carolina
- Rick Perry, Governor of Texas
- Sebastian Pinera, C.S. senator from Santiago
Vice President Phil Graham had been seen as the clear front-runner until he announced that he would not run in late 2005.
Virginia Senator George Allen had also been exspected to run, however, after almost losing his 2006 re-election campaign, Allen decided to remain out of the race.
McCain, Perry, and Pinera were considerd the front-runners until Huckabee won the crucial Panama straw poll. Huckabee's campaign gained strangth when Largent and Sanford withdrew from the race and endorsed Huckabee. Jim Gilmore withdrew after a poor straw poll showing and endorsed Pinera.
By the time of the Panama Caucus, only Huckabee and Perry were running neck-and-neck in the polls with Pinera and McCain fighting for third. At the caucuses, Huckabee (44%) swamped Pinera (27%), Perry finished third (16%) ahead of Perry (13%). Perry drooped out of the race the next day and endorsed McCain. In the Missouri primary McCain (39%) beat Huckabee (35%), and Pinera (25%). In South Carolina, Huckabee (50%) defeated McCain (32%) and Pinera (15%) by a comfortable margin and established himself as the front-runner. After this, Huckabee won most of the primaries after this and McCain withdrew from the race on February 16. Pinera withdrew two weeks later. For his running-mate, Huckabbe chose McCain.
The Huckabee/McCain ticket was nominated at the Republican National Convention, August 26-29, in Hanvana, Cuba.
Democrat party nomination
Democrat presidential candidates
- Michelle Bachelet, Governor of Santiago
- John Edwards, former C.S. senator from North Carolina
- Vincent Fox, Governor of Mexico
- Alan Garcia, Governor of Lima
- Janet Napolitano, Governor of Arizona
- Bill Nelson, C.S. senator from Florida
Edwards was seen as the front-runner and won the Panama caucus over Fox and Bachelet.