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|United States presidential election, 2008|
|November 4, 2008|
|Nominee||Sarah Palin||Dennis Kucinich|
|Running mate||John McCain||Paul Wellstone|
The 2008 United States Presidential Election was a democratic election held in the United States on November 4, 2008. The two main candidates were the Conservative Party's candidate, Sarah Palin of Alaska, and the Socialist Party's candidate, Dennis Kucinich of Ohio.
Initial projections had Palin winning by a landslide, however numerous gaffes on the campaign trail and strong campaigning by Kucinich led to the race being much closer than it actually was, resulting in 51% of the electorate going to Palin and 49% of the electorate going to Kucinich. Palin also won the electoral college, 221 to 210.
The election was marred by scandal in 2010 as voter fraud and disenfranchisement of minorities in the states of Florida, Delaware and Arkansas led to Palin's victory, when it was later discovered that the actual winner of all three states was Kucinich, thereby making him the actual elected president of the United States.
Because of the 2010 impeachment of President Palin, Vice President John McCain and several other high-ranking Conservative Party members, the United States congress called for a 2010 Presidential Recall Election, which was easily won by Kucinich-Wellstone.
Bold denotes Nominees of the party.
The Socialist Party has been hurting since the secession of New England and the west coast. Despite winning with more centrist Tom Harkin and Bill Clinton in 1992 and again in 1996, the secession has hurt the party terribly. It's still the party of Moderates, as the Moderate Party may get swallowed whole into the Socialist Party like the Progressive Party.
Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Ohio
Senator Paul Wellstone, Minnesota
Governor Bill Richardson, New Mexico
Senator Hillary Clinton, New York
Congressman Raul Grijalva, Arizona
Senator Al Gore, Tennessee
Congressman Kieth Ellison, Minnesota
Congressman Sherrod Brown, Ohio
Activist Al Franken, Minnesota
Congressman Anthony Weiner, New York
Raul Grijalva and Kieth Ellison were the early projections to take home the Socialist nomination, but both dropped out after polls of Americans showed that they would "absolutely not vote for" a person with a Hispanic-sounding name (Grijalva) or a Muslim (Ellison). Hillary Clinton was then the front runner, but a later poll showed that a majority of Americans would "absolutely not vote for" a woman. Dennis Kucinich was the strongest candidate left, and he won the remaining primaries easily. Sherrod Brown dropped out after Kucinich won the primary.
The real debate was who would be Kucinich's Vice President: The frontrunners were senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota and Bill Richardson of New Mexico. Eric Massa of New York was also in the running, as were Congressman Alan Grayson of Florida and Senator Al Gore of Tennessee. Richardson eventually dropped out, leaving Wellstone all but certain he would become the Socialist's Vice Presidential nominee, as Gore's and Massa's chances were incredibly slim.
The Conservatives were still the most popular party in the early 2000s, after having a strong President in Mike Huckabee following Dick Cheney.
Vice President Jeb Bush expressed some interest in running, but ultimately decided against it.
Governor Sarah Palin, Alaska
Senator John McCain, Arizona
Senator Sam Brownback, Kansas
Congressman Ron Paul, Texas
Senator Fred Thompson, Tennessee
Congressman Tom Tancredo, Colorado
Mayor Rudy Giuliani, New York
Senator Jim DeMint, South Carolina
Tommy Thompson, Wisconsin
Pastor Chuck Baldwin, Florida
The Conservative Primary was much more up in the air. Rudy Giuliani was expected to win early, but a series of scandals force him to drop out. Ron Paul was considered to extreme (even by American political spectrum) to win, as was Tom Tancredo and Chuck Baldwin. Baldwin had never even held elected office. Tommy Thompson and Fred Thompson (no relation) also dropped out soon. Sam Brownback was gaining fast on John McCain, and both were expected to become the party's nominees.
Out of nowhere, Sarah Palin won the South Carolina primaries. The virtually unknown Alaska governor went on to win several more, and her party's nomination in a few more days. To quiet critics that she was inexperienced, she chose the more veteran of the two remaining candidates, John McCain, as her vice president, but promised Brownback a spot in her cabinet.
The Moderate Party is continuing to lose strength. The Socialists are offering to adopt the party as a whole, but the Moderates want to give it one last presidential election as a party.
Senator Harry Reid, Nevada
Governor Charlie Crist, Florida
Senator Mary Landrieu, Louisiana
Senator Evan Bayh, Indiana
Governor Mike Beebe, Arkansas
Governor Christine Todd Whitman, New Jersey
Governor Kathleen Sebelius, Kansas
The Moderate Party was just going though the motions in 2008. Everyone in the party knew they had no shot of beating any Conservative or Socialist candidate. Harry Reid was likely going to be the nominee of the Moderates, too. After it became obvious that Reid was going to win, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, and Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe all dropped out of the race. Moderates expected Reid to pick Mary Landrieu of Louisiana to be his running mate, so when he actually picked Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida, the Moderates got their first shock of the election season. Governor Whitman said she was not interested in the position when Senator Reid offered it to her, so he moved on to Governor Crist, who proudly accepted.
The election on Nov. 4 was much closer than expected, due to a series of gaffes by Governor Palin on the campaign trail. Some Conservative politicians began endorsing Senator Reid of the Moderates.
Almost every state was decided, save for Florida, Delaware and Arkansas. Kucinich was leading in the exit polls in all three states, but as precincts continued to report, it eventually became obvious that Palin was winning the states. At 12:03 AM EST, CNN called the election for Sarah Palin, after declaring Florida and Arkansas hers. Sarah Palin became the United States' first female president.
Senator Reid eventually won no states, and barely any votes.
In the midst of President Palin's first full year as President, the magazine The New Republic released documents revealing that then-Governor Palin had ordered Conservative Party members in Arkansas, Florida and Delaware to bribe officials at polling stations to throw out votes for Kucinich/Wellstone and Reid/Crist. The actual results, acquired by TNR, had Kucinich winning in all three states, with Reid/Crist coming behind in a close second in Florida, and Palin/McCain in a distance third.
The Socialists immediately requested the impeachment of Palin, McCain and her entire cabinet, which was carried out. Palin was forced to leave office September 3, 2010.
The only cabinet member not to be removed from office after Palin and McCain were was Interior Secretary Sam Brownback. Brownback, by law, became the next president. However, his first hour in office, he signed an executive order calling himself "interim president", and refused the title of "Mr. President". He also said he would not be included on official lists of the presidents, and signed only non-important pieces of legislation.
The Recall election was held on November 2, 2010 with the Conservative nominees of Jeb Bush and Jim DeMint, the Socialist nominees of Kucinich/Wellstone, and the Moderate nominees of Evan Bayh and Mary Landrieu.
For more information, please see United States Presidential Recall Election, 2010