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United States presidential election, 2008
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Nominee Rush Limbaugh Howard Dean
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Florida Vermont
Running mate Ann Coulter Barack Obama
Electoral vote 287 250
States carried 29 21 + D.C.
Popular vote 72,095,090 69,318,188
Percentage 50.6% 48.0%

President before election

George W. Bush

Elected President

Rush Limbaugh

The 2008 U.S. presidential election was one of the most unconventional in American history.

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 By late December, 2007, Brownback, Cox, Gilmore, Hunter, Keyes, Tancredo, and Tommy Thompson had withdrawn from the race leaving only Limbaugh, Huckabee, (Fred) Thompson, Romney, McCain, Paul, and Giuliani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

  • Limbaugh----23%
  • Huckabee---19%
  • Giuliani-------16%
  • Romney------15%
  • McCain-------14%
  • Thompson---10%
  • Paul------------5%
  • Undecided---8%

2008 Republican Primaries and Caucuses

Limbaugh (30) Huckabee (15) McCain (5)
Alaska Alabama Arizona
California Arkansas Connecticut
Colorado Delaware Maine
Florida Georgia Massachusetts
Hawaii Iowa New Hampshire
Idaho Kansas
Illinois Louisiana
Indiana Missouri
Kentucky Oklahoma
Maryland South Carolina
Michigan Tennessee
Minnesota Virginia
Montana Washington
Nebraska West Virginia
Nevada Wisconsin
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Dakota


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)
Alaska Arkansas Alabama
Arizona California Georgia
Colorado Conecticut Iowa
Delaware Florida North Carolina
Hawaii Indiana Oklahoma
Idaho Kentucky South Carolina
Illinois Louisiana Tennessee
Kansas Mississippi Wisconsin
Maine Missouri
Maryland New Jersey
Massachusetts New Mexico
Michigan New York
Minnesota Pennsylvania
Montana South Dakota
Nebraska Texas
Nevada Utah
New Hampshire
North Dakota
Rhode Island
West Virginia


The results of the primaries showed the following delegate totals;

  • Dean--------1,922
  • Clinton------1,909
  • Edwards------203
  • Undecided---199

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

General election[]

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
Others - - 1,932,708 (1.4%) 0 - - 0
Total - - 143,345,986 (100.0%) 538 - - 538