|Nominee||Sarah Palin||Joe Biden|
|Running Mate||John Edwards|
The Republican candidates were Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Mitt Romney of Michigan, George Bush Jr. of Texas, Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota and Sarah Palin of Jefferson. All the nominee's announced their candidacy in January 2007. Bush and Romney were the early favorites, launching vocal campaigns and reserving prime time TV spots. By March 2007 the campaigning was underway, 10 months before the first primaries. In a poll from March 29th President Clinton had only 39% approval ratings and this declined in April to less than 30%.