2008 Presidential Election Interactive Map

270 electoral votes to win

Change history with the 2008 presidential election interactive map.

Update a state winner by clicking it to rotate through candidates. Alternately, select a candidate color in the Map Color Palette, then select states to apply. Use the edit button in the Palette to update candidate information.

Split electoral vote states - if any - are not interactive. Use the table below the map to make changes.

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Split Electoral Votes

States shown here did not allocate all their available electoral votes to one candidate. The historical split can be edited in this table. You can also use the drop down menu to split other states.

Removing the split () will set the state to undecided and make it interactive on the map.

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2008 Actual Election Results

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Barack H. Obama Democratic 365 69,498,516
John S. McCain Republican 173 59,948,323

2008 Election Facts

  • McCain won Nebraska but Obama earned an electoral vote by winning the popular vote in the 2nd Congressional District. This marked the first time that Nebraska has split its electoral vote since it moved away from the winner-take-all method in 1992.
  • Popular vote totals generally gathered from state Certificates of Ascertainment and/or results posted directly by individual states.
  • Popular vote totals from Federal Elections 2008.
  • Obama received more votes than any candidate in history. The prior record, about 62 million, was set in 2004 by George W. Bush
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