In addition, all major Democratic candidates agreed officially not to campaign in Florida or Michigan, and Edwards and Obama removed their names from the Michigan ballot. "[181] A Gallup poll released on May 29, 2008 also estimated that more Americans felt the media was being harder on Hillary Clinton than they were towards Barack Obama. Immediately after the 2006 midterm elections, media pundits began speculating, as they did about the Democrats, about potential Republican candidates for president in 2008.

Obama, having a Caucasian mother and Kenyan father of the Luo ethnic group,[220] became the first African American and the first bi-racial president. It was part of a campaign that mobilized grassroots workers in every state. [126][127] The Obama campaign and others alleged that members of the McCain campaign had also voted without properly establishing residency. A celebration that defined a generation: Grant park, new media, and Barack Obama's historic victory of the US presidency. Pennsylvania held a closed primary, which means that only registered Democrats could vote, and, according to Ron Elving of NPR, the established Democratic electorate "was older, whiter, more Catholic and more working-class than in most of the primaries to date. In the 2006 midterm elections, the Democrats regained majorities in both houses of the U.S. In early August, as Kerry nursed a small lead in public opinion polls, a new ad-hoc group, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, composed of navy officers who had also served in Vietnam, produced anti-Kerry television ads in three states. "Voter Ideology and Candidate Positioning in the 2008 Presidential Election,". [122], Libertarian candidate Bob Barr filed a lawsuit in Texas to have Obama and McCain removed from the ballot in that state. Kenski, Kate, Bruce W. Hardy, and Kathleen Hall Jamieson. Despite McCain picking up big victories, Huckabee won Louisiana and Kansas.

74% of North Carolina's registered African American voters turned out, as opposed to 69% of North Carolinians in general, with Obama carrying 100% (with rounding) of African American females and African Americans age 18 to 29, according to exit polling. Coverage would be guaranteed regardless of health status, and premiums would not vary based on health status either. At one point, attempting to explain, he noted that he had voted both for and against that funding bill—playing into Bush campaign charges that Kerry was an inveterate “flip-flopper.”. Oklahoma had all counties go to McCain.

Moderators Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos were criticized by viewers, bloggers and media critics for the poor quality of their questions. Jonathan Allen (Heartquake) received 483 votes; listed only in Colorado, with write-in status in Arizona, Georgia, Montana, Texas, and other states. [121] The campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama filed a lawsuit challenging this. Critics of McCain's plan argued that it would not significantly reduce the number of uninsured Americans, would increase costs, reduce consumer protections and lead to less generous benefit packages. [174], Significant criticism was leveled at media outlets' coverage of the presidential election season. [222] Obama and Biden were the first President and Vice President elected from the Senate since 1960 (Kennedy/Johnson), Obama was the first Democratic president since JFK who was not from the South, and the Obama-Biden ticket was the first winning Democratic ticket to not feature a Southerner since 1940 (Roosevelt-Wallace). He won an electoral vote based on Nebraska's 2nd congressional district, one of five allocated in this way nationally (including the two, unflipped, won in Maine). The commercials challenged Kerry’s account of his medal-winning experiences and blasted his later antiwar activism as disloyalty to his comrades in arms. [230], Template:United States presidential election, 2008 navigation The Washington Post listed Clinton, Edwards and Obama as the front runners, "leading in polls and fundraising and well ahead of the other major candidates".

[140] Obama won the entire Northeast by comfortable margins and the Great Lakes states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota by double digits.

The Democratic Party allowed only four states to hold elections before February 5, 2008. Neither candidate at the time of the deadline had been confirmed as the candidate for their respective parties. 5.

It has been estimated that 96% of black voters voted for Obama. Regarding McCain, 53% of voters viewed his press coverage as fair versus 44% who characterized it as unfair. This is done by the aforementioned delegates for each party.