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2008 United States presidential election
November 4th, 2008
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Nominee Bernard "Bernie" Sanders John Sidney McCain
Party Democratic Party Republican Party
Home state Vermont Arizona
Running mate Dennis Kucinich Sarah Palin
Electoral vote 376 162
Percentage 54.00% 44.00%
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Presidential election results map. Blue denotes those won by Sanders/Ducinich, red denotes states won by McCain/Palin. Numbers indicate electoral votes allotted to the winner of each state.

The 2008 United States presidential election was the 56th quadrennial presidential election, held on November 4th, 2008. The Democratic Ticket of U.S Senator Bernard "Bernie" Sanders from Vermont and U.S Representative Dennis Kucinich from Ohio defeated the Republican Ticket of U.S Senator John McCain from Arizona and Governor Sarah Palin from Alaska. Sanders defeated McCain in a landslide victory. Sanders and Kucinich were inaugurated on January 20th, 2017, as President and Vice President.

The general issues of this election were the ongoing Great Recession, The Iraq War, Healthcare, etc.




  • Bernard "Bernie" Sanders, U.S Senator from Vermont (2007-2009), U.S Representative from Vermont (1991-2007), Mayor of Burlington, Vermont (1981-1989) (NOMINEE)
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S Senator from New York (2001-2013), First Lady of the United States (1993-2001)
  • Barack Hussein Obama, U.S Senator from Illinois (2005-2009)
  • John Edwards, former U.S Senator from North Carolina (1999-2005)
  • Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico (2003-2011)
  • Dennis Kucinich, U.S Representative from Ohio
  • Joseph R. Biden, U.S Senator from Delaware
  • Michael Gravel, former U.S Senator from Alaska
  • Christopher Dodd, U.S Senator from Connecticut
  • Evan Bayh, U.S Senator from Indiana
  • Tom Vilsack, Former Governor of Iowa


  • John McCain, U.S Senator from Arizona (1987-2018) (NOMINEE)
  • Ron Paul, U.S Representative from Texas
  • Mike Huckabee, Former Governor of Arkansas
  • Willard Mitt Romney, Former Governor of Massachusetts
  • Rudy Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York City

General Election campaign


Nominee Party Home State Running Mate Electoral Vote Percentage
Bernard "Bernie" Sanders Democratic Vermont Dennis Kucinich 376 54.00%
John Sidney McCain Republican Arizona Sarah Palin 162 44.00%
Bob Barr Libertarian Georgia Wayne Allyn Root 0 0.40%
Chuck Baldwin Constitution Florida Darrell Castle 0 0.15%
Cynthia McKinney Green Georgia Rosa Clemente 0 0.12%