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The United States presidential election of 2008 was held on Tuesday November 4, 2008 to elect the 44th president of the United States of America. It was the 56th quadrennial election for President and Vice President. John McCain, the incumbent President, was vacating the position after serving the maximum two terms allowed by the Twenty-second Amendment. McCain's Vice President, George W. Bush, won the Republican nomination, while the Democrats nominated Hillary Rodham Clinton, Junior Senator from New York, former First Lady, and the first female nominee for a major party ticket.
Bush capitalized on McCain's popularity while the primary issues of the campaign were health care, education, climate change and energy policies, foreign policy and taxation. The result of the election was a third lopsided Republican presidential election victory.