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2008 Republican Party presidential candidates

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Republican Party presidential candidates, 2008

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John McCain official portrait 2009.jpg
Candidate John McCain Mike Huckabee
Home state Arizona Arkansas
Delegate count 1,575 278
States carried 37 8
Popular vote 9,902,797[1] 4,276,046
Percentage 46.7% 20.1%

Mitt Romney by Gage Skidmore 6.jpg
Ron Paul, official Congressional photo portrait, 2007.jpg
Candidate Mitt Romney Ron Paul
Home state Massachusetts Texas
Delegate count 271 35
States carried 11 0
Popular vote 4,699,788 1,160,403
Percentage 22.2% 5.6%

This article contains lists of official candidates associated with the 2008 Republican Party presidential primaries for the 2008 United States presidential election.

In accordance with the 22nd Amendment, incumbent President George W. Bush was prohibited from running for president in 2008, having served two full terms in the office. Vice President Dick Cheney chose not to run for president.[2]

On March 4, 2008, John McCain became the Republican presumptive presidential nominee when he obtained the 1,191 delegates necessary to receive the party's nomination.[3] Mike Huckabee announced his withdrawal from the race later in the evening.[4] McCain's last remaining competitor in the race, Ron Paul, withdrew on June 12, 2008.[5]

Delegate race count

This chart shows the total number of delegates committed to each candidate from the Primaries/caucuses/state conventions (different state parties use varied methods for electing delegates).

2008 Republican presidential primaries delegate count
As of June 10, 2008
Candidates Actual
pledged delegates1
(1,780 of 1,917)
Estimated total delegates2
(2,159 of 2,380;
1,191 needed to win)
John McCain 1,378 1,575
Mike Huckabee 240 278
Mitt Romney 148 271
Ron Paul 14 35
Color key: 1st place Candidate has
1 "Primary Season Election Results". The New York Times. September 16, 2008. Archived from the original on September 16, 2008.
2 "Election Center 2008 - Republican Delegate Scorecard". CNN. June 4, 2008. Retrieved December 26, 2013.


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Senator John McCain

John McCain, born August 29, 1936, in the U.S.-controlled Panama Canal Zone, Senator from Arizona. Born into a military family, he became a naval aviator and POW during the Vietnam War. Often characterized as a Republican maverick in the Senate, he is well known. In 2000, he failed in his attempt against George W. Bush for the Republican nomination: McCain continued his ultimately unsuccessful campaign long after the other Republican candidates had united behind Bush.

McCain's bipartisan compromise on judicial nominations and his strong support of campaign finance reform have drawn the ire of many groups,[6] However, his party stands with him on issues concerning foreign policy and government spending. On November 15, 2006, McCain announced he would form an exploratory committee. On the Late Show with David Letterman on February 28, 2007, he announced he would seek the GOP presidential nomination. He made a formal announcement on April 25, 2007.

On November 4, McCain was defeated for the presidency by Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee.[7][8]

Withdrew during the primary elections

Candidates who withdrew from seeking the nomination.
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Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City

Rudy Giuliani, born May 28, 1944, in New York, former mayor of New York City. Giuliani said on October 2, 2005, that he would look at the possibility of running for president. On November 13, 2006, he announced that he was forming an exploratory committee. He led several state and nationwide polls for the Republican nomination and the general election, and had been mentioned by many media sources as a possible candidate since the 9/11 attacks and a speech to the 2004 Republican Convention.[9] (See polls below) On February 5, 2007, Giuliani unofficially entered the race for the 2008 U.S. presidential election by filing a "statement of candidacy" with the Federal Election Commission, but legally keeping him at the same level as he was while running an exploratory committee.[10] On February 15, Giuliani officially announced that he was running on CNN's Larry King Live show.[11] Giuliani finished third in the Florida primary on January 29, 2008. The next day he withdrew from the race and endorsed John McCain.[12]


Representative Duncan Hunter

Duncan Hunter, born May 31, 1948, in Riverside, California, U.S. Representative from that state and former Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Hunter formally announced his presidential candidacy in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on January 25, 2007. He withdrew from the race on January 19, 2008 after a poor showing in the Nevada Republican caucuses, and endorsed Mike Huckabee.[13][14]


Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas

Mike Huckabee, born August 24, 1955, was the governor of the U.S. state of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007. He announced his candidacy on January 28, 2007. After Mitt Romney withdrew from the race, Huckabee chose to continue with his campaign, despite the fact McCain was already the presumptive nominee. Following losses to McCain in the Texas, Ohio, Vermont, and Rhode Island primaries, he ended his presidential campaign on the evening of March 4, 2008, and endorsed McCain the following day.[15]

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Representative Ron Paul

Ron Paul, born August 20, 1935, in Green Tree, Pennsylvania, is a long time U.S. Representative from Texas with a strong constitutionalist and libertarian voting record. He first ran for president as a Libertarian nearly two decades before the 2008 campaign. On January 11, 2007, Paul filed papers to form an exploratory committee for the 2008 presidential race.[16][17] He formally declared his candidacy 12 March 2007 as a guest on Washington Journal on C-SPAN.[18][19] On February 20, 2007, Paul's exploratory committee posted on YouTube a formal video of him explaining his reason for running.[20] Paul did well in Republican straw polls and broke several fundraising records including raising the most money ever raised in 24 hours, when Paul raised over $6.3 million on December 16, 2007 as a part of a moneybomb celebrating the Boston Tea Party.

On June 12, Paul withdrew from the race.[5] He did not endorse John McCain as the presumptive nominee for president - Paul eventually went on to endorse Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party.[citation needed]

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Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts

Mitt Romney, born March 12, 1947, in Michigan, is former Governor of Massachusetts. He formed a presidential exploratory committee on January 3, 2007, the day before he left the governor's office.[21]

Romney officially announced his candidacy on February 13, 2007 at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.[22][23] On February 7, 2008, Romney announced that he was withdrawing from the race, and endorsed John McCain.[24]

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Alan Keyes, former U.S. Ambassador

Alan Keyes, born August 7, 1950, is an American conservative political activist, author, former diplomat, and perennial candidate for public office.

Keyes announced his candidacy for president in a radio interview on September 14, 2007. He participated in one nationally televised debate before the primaries. His best showing was a 4th-place finish in North Carolina. Keyes withdrew from consideration on April 15, 2008, when he announced he was leaving the Republican party and advocating to be the Constitution Party nominee for president.

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Fred Thompson, former Senator of Tennessee

Fred Dalton Thompson, born August 19, 1942, was a former Senator from Tennessee and a former actor, best known for playing D.A. Arthur Branch on Law & Order. On March 11, 2007 Thompson said "I'm giving some thought to it. Going to leave the door open. A lot of people think it's late already. I don't really think it is, although the rules of the game have changed somewhat. ... I think people are somewhat disillusioned. I think a lot of people are cynical out there. I think they're looking for something different."[citation needed] On June 1, Thompson announced he had established a preliminary campaign committee, thus taking his first formal step toward an official presidential bid.[25] On September 5, he officially entered the presidential race.[26] On January 22, 2008 he ended his campaign and endorsed John McCain.

Withdrew before primary elections

Candidates who dropped out before the Iowa Caucuses
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Senator Sam Brownback
Sam Brownback, born September 12, 1956, in Kansas, senior Senator from that state. In April 2005, the Associated Press reported that Brownback, who is little known outside his home state, "is using a network of social conservatives and Christian activists to raise his profile" in such battleground states as Iowa and New Hampshire. He is well known for his social and fiscal conservative record, such as opposing abortion and instituting a flat tax alternative to the current IRS Code. He was also instrumental in Congress' bestowing the Congressional Medal upon Mother Teresa. In his own words, "The core of my being is to rebuild the family and renew the culture." On December 4, 2006, Brownback announced that he would form an exploratory committee.[27] On January 20, 2007, Brownback officially announced his candidacy.[28] Of his campaign, Brownback has said, "I'm a son of a farmer from Kansas ... I still think anybody can be president. I don't think you have to show up with $100 million to do it. ... I'm the tortoise in the race. And I don't like how the race starts; I like how it ends up."[29] Brownback was one of three who raised his hand in the May 3, 2007, Republican candidates debate when asked "Is there anybody on the stage who does not believe in evolution?".[30] Despite his high-profile among Evangelicals, most of them threw their support behind Mike Huckabee. Brownback officially withdrew from the presidential race on October 19, 2007, and endorsed John McCain.[31]
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Jim Gilmore, former Governor of Virginia

Jim Gilmore, a Draft for President group was formed in August 2006, encouraging former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore to run for president after he was seen traveling to the presidential primary states. In November 2006, Gilmore told ABC News that a 2008 presidential run was one of several possibilities he is considering.[32] On December 19, 2006, Gilmore announced he was forming an exploratory committee for a presidential candidacy.[33] Gilmore announced on December 20, 2006, that he would launch his exploratory committee on January 2, 2007.[34] Perhaps hoping to mirror the surprising 2004 campaign of Democrat Howard Dean, another former governor with little national recognition when he entered the race, Gilmore declared that he represents "the Republican wing of the Republican Party" echoing the popular Dean quotation. Gilmore declared his candidacy from the Des Moines, Iowa GOP headquarters on April 26, 2007. Gilmore, however, raised a mere $380,000 in the first half of 2007, which he cited as a reason why he withdrew from the presidential race on July 14, 2007, and endorsed John McCain.[35]

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Representative Tom Tancredo

Tom Tancredo, born December 20, 1945, in Colorado, U.S. Representative from that state and leading advocate for more restrictive immigration policies. On April 2, 2007, Rep. Tancredo announced his official candidacy on Iowa talk radio station 1040 WHO. Tancredo has a dedicated grassroots following among paleoconservatives. He has visited early Presidential primary states such as New Hampshire, Michigan and Iowa to begin building popular support and has polled favorably amongst grassroots Republicans. Tancredo announced on January 16, 2007, that he was forming an exploratory committee.[36] Tancredo was one of three who raised his hand in the May 3, 2007, Republican candidates debate when asked "Is there anybody on the stage who does not believe in evolution?"[37] On December 20, 2007, Tancredo withdrew from the race and endorsed Mitt Romney.[38] After Romney withdrew from the race, Tancredo threw his support behind John McCain.

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Tommy Thompson, former Governor of Wisconsin

Tommy Thompson, born November 19, 1941, in Elroy, Wisconsin, is the former four-term Governor of Wisconsin and was Secretary of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. He announced interest in the 2008 nomination and, on December 15, 2006, announced that he had formed an exploratory committee.[39] He officially announced his candidacy on April 1, 2007.[40] After a poor showing in the August 11 Iowa Straw Poll, Tommy Thompson announced on the following day that he is withdrawing from the race, and endorsed Rudy Giuliani. After Giuliani withdrew from the race, Thompson threw his support behind John McCain.

See also


  1. ^ "2008 Republican Popular Vote | RealClearPolitics".
  2. ^ Interview of the Vice President by Bob Schieffer, CBS News Face the Nation, March 19, 2006
  3. ^ "McCain shares memories of his high school days -".
  4. ^ AP, Matt Slocum / (March 5, 2008). "Huckabee drops out of presidential race".
  5. ^ a b Z. Byron Wolf (2008-06-12). "Ron Paul to End Campaign, Launches New Effort". ABC News. Retrieved 2008-06-12.
  6. ^ David S. Broder, "The Senate's Real Leader", Washington Post, May 25, 2005,
  7. ^ "McCain clinches GOP nomination, CNN projects". CNN. March 4, 2008.
  8. ^ "McCain wins GOP nomination. Huckabee bows out". March 5, 2008.
  9. ^ "Early Signs Point To Giuliani '08". CBS News. December 9, 2004.
  10. ^ "Giuliani joins race for president". BBC News. February 5, 2007. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  11. ^ "Giuliani to run in 2008". Archived from the original on February 22, 2007. Retrieved February 15, 2007.
  12. ^ NBC: Giuliani to endorse McCain. NBC News. Retrieved 30 January 2008
  13. ^ "Hunter exits presidential race". CNN. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  14. ^ "Top of the Ticket". Los Angeles Times. January 23, 2008. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  15. ^ "Huckabee ends presidential run". CNN. 2008-03-04. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
  16. ^ Ron Paul Running for President Again? on Third Party Watch accessed at March 4, 2007
  17. ^ An Actual Peace and Freedom Candidate Archived 2007-04-03 at the Wayback Machine on accessed at March 4, 2007
  18. ^ Stinebaker, Joe (2007-03-11). "Rep. Ron Paul to run for president". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on 2007-03-13. Retrieved 2007-03-11.
  19. ^ Martin, Gary (2007-03-12). "Paul formally launches presidential bid". San Antonio Express-News. Archived from the original on 2007-03-15. Retrieved 2007-03-13.
  20. ^ "RP PEC Video" – via
  21. ^ "Massachusetts Gov. Romney ready to file for presidency -". Archived from the original on June 5, 2008.
  22. ^ "The Guardian". Retrieved February 8, 2007.[dead link]
  23. ^ "Romney kicks off White House bid -". CNN. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  24. ^ "Romney Suspends Presidential Campaign", Associated Press, February 7, 2008 Archived February 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ "". Archived from the original on January 6, 2008.
  26. ^ Balz, Dan; Shear, Michael D. (September 6, 2007). "Fred Thompson Makes A Late-Night Late Entry". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  27. ^ "Forbes". Retrieved December 4, 2006.[dead link]
  28. ^ "Senator Sam Brownback Makes Pro-Life Presidential Bid Official".
  29. ^ Carol Hunter, "'Full-scale' conservative believes he'll sway voters by race's end", Des Moines Register, March 28, 2007
  30. ^ "YouTube".
  31. ^ Phillips, Kate (October 18, 2007). "Brownback to Quit 2008 Race". The New York Times. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  32. ^ "Political Radar: Gilmore Still Mulling His Options".
  33. ^ "Former Virginia Gov. Gilmore to Explore Presidential Bid". Fox News. December 20, 2006.
  34. ^ "Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore to explore presidential bid". Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved December 20, 2006.
  35. ^ Archived 2007-09-26 at the Wayback Machine
  36. ^ "Rep. Tancredo forms '08 bid committee". Archived from the original on January 18, 2007. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
  37. ^ [1].
  38. ^ "Tancredo drops out, backs Mitt - First Read -". December 21, 2007.
  39. ^ "Milwaukee - home".
  40. ^ "Tommy Thompson to seek Republican nomination -". CNN. Retrieved May 22, 2010.

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