2008 Presidential Election Results

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On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama won the presidential election, making him the President-elect and the first African American elected President of the United States. He carried 28 states (and the District of Columbia) while Sen. John McCain carried 22 states.

State-by-state election results

Presidential candidate

Party

Popular vote
Electoral vote

Running mate

Count
Pct

Barack Obama
Democratic
69,456,897
52.92%
365
Joe Biden

John McCain
Republican
59,934,814
45.66%
173
Sarah Palin

Ralph Nader
Independent
738,475
0.56%
0
Matt Gonzalez

Bob Barr
Libertarian
523,686
0.40%
0
Wayne Allyn Root

Chuck Baldwin
Constitution
199,314
0.15%
0
Darrell Castle

Cynthia McKinney
Green
161,603
0.12%
0
Rosa Clemente

Other

242,539
0.18%

Total

131,257,328
100%
538

Needed to win

270

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