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Presidential Election of 2008, Electoral and Popular Vote Summary

This table provides information about the election results between candidates Barack Obama and John McCain

Principal Candidates for President and Vice President:
Democratic—Barack Obama; Joseph Biden (winner)
Republican—John McCain; Sarah Palin

Barack ObamaJohn McCainElectoral votes
Popular
vote
% Popular
vote
% D R
Alabama811,76438.8%1,264,87960.4% 9
Alaska105,65037.7168,84460.2 3
Arizona948,64845.01,132,56053.8 10
Arkansas418,049 38.8632,67258.8 6
California7,245,73160.94,434,146 37.355
Colorado1,216,79353.51,020,13544.99
Connecticut979,31660.5620,21038.37
Delaware255,39461.9152,35637.03
District of Columbia210,40392.914,8216.53
Florida4,143,95750.93,939,38048.427
Georgia1,843,45247.02,048,24452.2 15
Hawaii324,91871.8120,30926.64
Idaho235,21936.1400,98961.5 4
Illinois3,319,23761.81,981,15836.921
Indiana1,367,26449.91,341,10149.011
Iowa818,24054.0677,50844.77
Kansas499,97941.4685,54156.8 6
Kentucky746,51041.11,043,264 57.5 8
Louisiana780,98139.91,147,60358.6 9
Maine421,48457.6296,19540.54
Maryland1,579,89061.9938,67136.810
Massachusetts1,891,08362.01,104,28436.212
Michigan2,867,68057.42,044,40540.917
Minnesota1,573,32354.21,275,40044.010
Mississippi520,864 42.8687,26656.4 6
Missouri1,439,36449.31,444,35249.4 11
Montana229,72547.2241,816 49.7 3
Nebraska324,35241.5446,03957.014
Nevada531,88455.1411,98842.75
New Hampshire384,59154.3316,93744.84
New Jersey2,085,05156.81,545,49542.115
New Mexico464,45856.7343,82042.05
New York4,363,38662.22,576,36036.731
North Carolina2,123,39049.92,109,69849.515
North Dakota141,113 44.7168,52353.3 3
Ohio2,708,68551.22,501,85547.220
Oklahoma502,29434.4959,74565.6 7
Oregon978,60557.1699,67340.87
Pennsylvania3,192,31654.72,586,49644.321
Rhode Island281,20963.1157,317 35.34
South Carolina850,121 44.91,018,75653.8 8
South Dakota170,88644.7203,019 53.2 3
Tennessee1,081,074 41.81,470,160 56.9 11
Texas3,521,164 43.84,467,748 55.5 34
Utah301,771 34.2555,49762.9 5
Vermont219,105 67.898,79130.63
Virginia1,958,37052.71,726,05346.413
Washington1,547,63257.51,097,17640.511
West Virginia301,438 42.6394,278 55.7 5
Wisconsin1,670,47456.31,258,18142.410
Wyoming80,496 32.7160,639 65.2 3
Total66,882,23053.058,343,67146.0365173
NOTE: Total electoral votes = 538. Total electoral votes needed to win = 270. Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding and other candidates.
Source: Figures are from the New York Times and CNN.
Voting age population (United States Election Project for Nov. 2008): 231,229,580
Estimated number of voters in the 2008 election was 122,842,626.

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