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2008 Presidential Election

2008 Electoral College Results

Ticket to Joint Session of Congress to Count Electoral Vote

Election 2008
President Barack Obama [D]
Main Opponent John McCain [R]
Electoral Vote* Winner:   365 Main Opponent:   173 Total/Majority:   538/270
Popular Vote** Winner:   69,297,997 Main Opponent:   59,597,520
Vice President Joe Biden (365)
V.P. Opponent:   Sarah Palin (173)
Notes * Nebraska distributes its electoral votes proportionally, with two at-large electors representing the statewide winning presidential and vice presidential candidates and one elector each representing the winners from its three Congressional districts. For the first time since adopting this system, Nebraska's five electoral votes were split between the two major party tickets. The McCain-Palin ticket won Nebraska overall and received the two at-large electors, as well as the electors from the First and Third Congressional Districts, where McCain-Palin also won. However, the Obama-Biden ticket won the Second Congressional District and, thus, received its one elector.
** Popular vote totals are derived from the states' Certificates of Ascertainment.
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