Republican presidential nomination
Republican presidential candidates
- Sam Brownback, U.S. senator from Kansas
- John Cox, businessman from Illinois
- Jim Gilmore, former Governor of Virginia
- Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of NYC
- Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas
- Duncan Hunter, U.S. representative from California
- Alan Keyes, former U.N. ambassador from Maryland
- Rush Limbaugh, talk radio host from Florida
- John McCain, U.S. senator from Arizona
- Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts
- Ron Paul, U.S. representative from Texas
- Tom Tancredo, U.S. representative from Colorado
- Fred Thompson, former U.S. senator from Tennessee
- Tommy Thompson, former Governor of Wisconsin
Giuliani, Romney, and McCain were considered the early front-runners. By November, 2007, Limbaugh, Huckabee, and Fred Thompson were also polling high in many states. By late December, 2007, Brownback, Cox, Gilmore, Hunter, Keyes, Tancredo, and Tommy Thompson had withdrawn from the race leaving only Limbaugh, Huckabee, (Fred) Thompson, Romney, McCain, Paul, and Giuliani
A Gallup poll taking in December 2007 showed the following
2008 Republican Primaries and Caucuses
|Limbaugh (30)||Huckabee (15)||McCain (5)|
After the withdraw of Huckabee, Limbaugh was the nominee. The first two things he did was launch a search for a vice president, and second, launch 'Operation Kayos' in which he got Republican voters to support Howard Dean in the Democrat primaries in order keep the Democrats in disorder.
In July, Limbaugh announced that he would choose conservative columnist Ann Coulter as his running mate.
Democrat presidential nomination
Democrat presidential candidates
- Joe Biden, U.S. senator from Delaware
- Hillary Clinton, U.S. senator from New York
- Howard Dean, former DNC Chairman and former Governor of Vermont
- Chris Dodd, U.S. senator from Connecticut
- John Edwards, former U.S. senator from North Carolina
- Mike Gravel, former U.S. senator from Alaska
- Dennis Kucinich, U.S. representative from Ohio
- Al Sharpton, activist from New York
- Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico
Illinois Senator Barack Obama was considerd a pontential candidate but decliended to run and endorsed Dean. Clinton, Edwards, and Dean were seen as front-runners throut 2007 and doing into the Iowa caucuses.
2008 Democrat Primaries and Caucuses
|Dean (26)||Clinton (16)||Edwards (8)|
The results of the primaries showed the following delegate totals;
Shortly before the Democrat convention, John Edwards was forced to admit that he had an affair with Rielle Hunter. This sunk Edwards already slim chance to be nominated for president or vice president.
At the convention, Edwards announced his withdrawal from the race and his support for a new candidate, Illinois Senator Barack Obama.
The balloting was contested until Obama was finally convinced to throw his support to Dean in exchange for the VP spot.
2008 DNC Balloting
|Presidential ballot||1||2||3||4||5||Vice-presidential ballot||1|
|Howard Dean||1838||1870||1886||1906||2353||Barack Obama||2456|
|Hillary Clinton||1799||1715||1633||1585||1691||Hillary Clinton||1591|
|Barack Obama||413||465||531||559||6||Joe Biden||3|
Limbaugh and Dean debate several times around the country and the results generally favor Limbaugh.
By October, Limbaugh is leading Dean in most polls and although the financal crisis of September helps Dean, Limbaugh's strong opposion to the TARP bailout (which goes not pass) helps him by the time election day rolls around.
Going into the election, Limbaugh leads in the polls but most still think Dean will win.
In spite of most predictions to the contrary, Limbaugh defeated Dean by a comfortable margin.
|Presidential candidate||Party||Home state||Popular vote||Electoral vote||Running mate||Running mate's home state||Running mate's electoral vote|
|Rush Hudson Limbaugh III||Republican||Florida||72,095,090 (50.6%)||287||Ann Hart Coulter||Connecticut||287|
|Howard Brush Dean III||Democrat||Vermont||69,318,188 (48.0%)||250||Barack Hussien Obama Jr.||Illinois||250|
|Barack Hussein Obama Jr.||Democrat||Illinois||(not running)||1||Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton||New York||1|