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2008 United States presidential election

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538 members of the Electoral College
270 electoral votes needed to win
Opinion polls
Turnout58.2%[1] Increase 1.5 pp
  Obama portrait crop.jpg John McCain 2009 Official.jpg
Nominee Barack Obama John McCain
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Illinois Arizona
Running mate Joe Biden Sarah Palin
Electoral vote 365 173
States carried 28 + DC + NE-02 22
Popular vote 69,498,516 59,948,323
Percentage 52.9% 45.7%

States/districts in the 2008 United States Presidential election in which the margin of victory was less than 5%. Blue states/districts went for Obama, red for McCain. Yellow states were won by either candidate

Red font color denotes states won by Republican John McCain; blue denotes those won by Democrat Barack Obama.

States in which the margin of victory was under 1% (26 electoral votes):

  1. Missouri 0.13%
  2. North Carolina 0.33%

States/districts in which the margin of victory was under 5% (62 electoral votes):

  1. Indiana 1.03%
  2. Nebraska's 2nd congressional district 1.21%
  3. Montana 2.26%
  4. Florida 2.82%
  5. Ohio 4.59%

States/districts in which margin of victory was more than 5% but less than 10% (73 electoral votes):

  1. Georgia 5.21%
  2. Virginia 6.30%
  3. South Dakota 8.41%
  4. Arizona 8.52%
  5. North Dakota 8.63%
  6. Colorado 8.95% (tipping point state)
  7. South Carolin

    States in which the margin of victory was under 1% (26 electoral votes):

    States/districts in which the margin of victory was under 5% (62 electoral votes):

    1. Indiana 1.03%
    2. Nebraska's 2nd congressional district 1.21

      States/districts in which margin of victory was more than 5% but less than 10% (73 electoral votes):

      1. Georgia 5.21%
      2. Virginia 6.30%
      3. South Dakota 8.41%
      4. Arizona 8.52%
      5. North Dakota 8.63%