Barack Obama 2008 presidential campaign

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Campaign2008 Democratic primaries
2008 U.S. presidential election
CandidateBarack Obama
U.S. Senator from Illinois
Joe Biden
U.S. Senator from Delaware
AffiliationDemocratic Party
StatusAnnounced: February 10, 2007
Presumptive nominee: June 3, 2008
Official nominee: August 27, 2008
Won election: November 4, 2008
Inaugurated: January 20, 2009
Headquarters233 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Key peopleDavid Plouffe (Manager)
Penny Pritzker (Finance)
David Axelrod (Media)
Michael Slaby (Chief Technology Officer)
Robert Gibbs (Communications)
Bill Burton (Spokesman)
Henry De Sio (Chief Operating Officer)
Claire McCaskill (Co-Chair)
Tim Kaine (Co-Chair)
Paul Hodes (Co-Chair)
ReceiptsUS$670.7 million (November 24, 2008)
SloganChange We Can Believe In.svg
ChantYes We Can
Website (Web Archive)

The 2008 presidential campaign of Barack Obama, then junior United States Senator from Illinois, was announced on February 10, 2007, in Springfield, Illinois.[1] After winning a majority of delegates in the Democratic primaries of 2008, on August 23, leading up to the convention, the campaign announced that Senator Joe Biden of Delaware would be the vice presidential nominee.[2] At the 2008 Democratic National Convention on August 27, Barack Obama was formally selected as the Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States in 2008.[3] He was the first African American in history to be nominated on a major party ticket.[4]

On November 4, 2008, Obama defeated the Republican nominee, Senator John McCain of Arizona, making him the President-elect and the first African American elected President.[5][6] He was the third sitting U.S. Senator, after Warren G. Harding and John F. Kennedy, to be elected president. Upon the vote of the Electoral College on December 15, 2008, and the subsequent certification thereof by a Joint Session of the United States Congress on January 8, 2009, Barack Obama was elected as President of the United States and Joe Biden as Vice President of the United States, with 365 of 538 electors.[7][8]

  1. ^ "Obama Launches Presidential Bid," BBC News, February 10, 2007. Retrieved on January 14, 2008. Video Archived July 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine at Brightcove.TV.
  2. ^ "Joe Biden!". Archived from the original on August 27, 2008. Retrieved August 28, 2008. Breaking news: the text message is out and it's official ... Barack Obama has selected Joe Biden to be his running mate!
  3. ^ Adam Nagourney (August 28, 2008). "Obama Wins Nomination; Biden and Bill Clinton Rally Party". The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 25, 2009. Retrieved October 17, 2008.
  4. ^ Jeff Zeleny, "Obama Clinches Nomination; First Black Candidate to Lead a Major Party Ticket," The New York Times, June 4, 2008. Retrieved July 5, 2008.
  5. ^ "Barack Obama wins presidential election". CNN. November 4, 2008. Archived from the original on November 4, 2008. Retrieved November 5, 2008.
  6. ^ Nagourney, Adam (November 5, 2008). "Obama Wins Election". The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 25, 2009. Retrieved November 5, 2008.
  7. ^ "Congress meets to count electoral votes". NBC News. January 8, 2009. Retrieved January 8, 2009.
  8. ^ Nagourney, Adam (November 4, 2008). "Obama Wins Election". The New York Times. Archived from the original on December 9, 2008. Retrieved November 5, 2008.