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The End and the Beginning: Election Day
General Election Campaigns: McCain  |  Obama  |  Others
The Media Campaign: Paid and Free Media
Face to Face: The Debates
Which Was More Effective?: The Conventions
Number Two: The VP Picks
From the Primaries: Debates, Schedule, Candidates: Rs  |  Ds  |  Others



Overview: In 2008 there were open races for both parties' presidential nominations.  For the first time since 1952 a sitting president or vice president was not a candidate for nomination of either major party.  What transpired was the most costly ($2.4 billion according to the Center for Responsive Politics) and seemingly the longest presidential campaign in American history.  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) rebounded from near implosion of his campaign to emerge as the Republican nominee.  On the Democratic side, after a lengthy primary battle, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) outmaneuvered Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), who had early on been seen as the frontrunner.  Benefitting from President George W. Bush's unpopularity, a huge fundraising advantage, and an unprecendented field organization, Obama garnered 69.5 million votes (52.9%) to 59.9 million (45.7%) for McCain, carrying 28 states and DC, and winning 365 electoral votes to 173 for McCain (+).  In addition to reclaiming the White House, Democrats also control both houses of Congress.  Republicans, meanwhile, face a period of rebuilding.  

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