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2008 United States presidential election in Minnesota

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2008 United States presidential election in Minnesota

← 2004 November 4, 2008 2012 →
Turnout78.11%[1] Decrease
 
Obama portrait crop.jpg
John McCain official portrait 2009.jpg
Nominee Barack Obama John McCain
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Illinois Arizona
Running mate Joe Biden Sarah Palin
Electoral vote 10 0
Popular vote 1,573,354 1,275,409
Percentage 54.06% 43.82%

Minnesota Presidential Election Results 2008.svg
County Results

President before election

George W. Bush
Republican

Elected President

Barack Obama
Democratic

The 2008 United States presidential election in Minnesota took place on November 4, 2008, and was part of the 2008 United States presidential election. Voters chose 10 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Minnesota was won by Democratic nominee Barack Obama by a 10.2% margin of victory. Prior to the election, all 17 news organizations considered this a state Obama would win, or otherwise considered as a safe blue state. Barack Obama carried the state with 54.06% of the vote in 2008 over John McCain's 43.82%. Minnesota has not voted Republican since Richard Nixon in 1972. Nevertheless, Obama became the first Democrat to win the White House without carrying Anoka County since Woodrow Wilson in 1916.

Caucuses

Campaign

Predictions

There were 16 news organizations who made state-by-state predictions of the election. Here are the last predictions before election day:

Polling

In the aftermath of the GOP National Convention that was highlighted by a well delivered and received speech by vice presidential nominee Governor Sarah Palin, a strong Obama lead tightened into a very narrow polling lead. However, when the September financial crisis irreparably damaged McCain's chances at victory, McCain remained competitive in Minnesota for some time after Obama had pulled away in other states such as Michigan and Wisconsin. At no time, however, did polls indicate that John McCain was ahead in the state, and Obama eventually did pull away from John McCain.[15]

Fundraising

John McCain raised a total of $2,423,705 in the state. Barack Obama raised $6,058,168.[16]

Advertising and visits

Obama and his interest groups $3,006,784. McCain and his interest groups spent 4,467,107.[17] The Republican ticket visited the state 9 times. Obama visited the state only once.[18]

Analysis

Although Minnesota, a Democratic-leaning state, had voted for the Democratic presidential candidate of every election since 1972, the margin of victory had been narrow in the past two presidential elections. With this in mind, Republicans targeted the state for the 2008 election, holding the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Although the state swung more Democratic in 2008 and Barack Obama performed better here than John Kerry did in 2004, the swing was smaller than the national average.

During the same election, a contentious U.S. Senate battle took place between incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken. The close election resulted in two court appeals, which both eventually declared Franken the winner, which caused Coleman to concede. At the state level, Democrats picked up two seats in the Minnesota House of Representatives and one seat in the Minnesota Senate.

On Election Day, Obama won Minnesota by a comfortable margin, piling up 2-1 margins in Hennepin County (Minneapolis) and Ramsey County (St. Paul). Obama also ran evenly in the Minneapolis suburbs and rural Minnesota. However, McCain mostly held the same counties Bush won in the Republican base of central Minnesota.[19] While Obama still won the state with ease, GOP efforts and the Republican National Convention led to a better Republican performance than seen in neighboring states in the Upper Midwest, and prevented the collapse of Republican support that occurred in neighboring Michigan and Wisconsin.

As of the 2020 presidential election, this is the last election in which Stevens County, Watonwan County, Pope County, Grant County, Yellow Medicine County, Lincoln County, Pennington County, Murray County, Pine County, Big Stone County, Marshall County, Polk County, Red Lake County, and Aitkin County voted for the Democratic candidate.

Results

2008 United States presidential election in Minnesota[20]
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 1,573,354 54.06% 10
Republican John McCain Sarah Palin 1,275,409 43.82% 0
Independent Ralph Nader Matt Gonzalez 30,152 1.04% 0
Independent Write-in candidates 9,496 0.33% 0
Libertarian Bob Barr Wayne Allyn Root 9,174 0.32% 0
Constitution Chuck Baldwin Darrell Castle 6,787 0.23% 0
Green Cynthia McKinney Rosa Clemente 5,174 0.18% 0
Socialist Workers Róger Calero Alyson Kennedy 790 0.03% 0
Independent Alan Keyes (write-in) Brian Rohrbough 22 0.00% 0
Socialist Party USA Brian Moore (write-in) Stewart Alexander 7 0.00% 0
Independent Joe Schriner (write-in) Dale Way 3 0.00% 0
Independent Curtis Montgomery (write-in) Janice Montgomery 1 0.00% 0
Totals 2,910,369 100.00% 10
Voter turnout (Voting age population) 74.7%

By congressional district

Barack Obama carried five of the state’s eight congressional districts in Minnesota, including one seat held by a Republican. John McCain carried three congressional districts, including one seat held by a Democrat.

District McCain Obama Representative
1st 46.59% 50.96% Tim Walz
2nd 49.76% 48.32% John Kline
3rd 45.99% 52.41% Jim Ramstad (110th Congress)
Erik Paulsen (111th Congress)
4th 33.57% 64.41% Betty McCollum
5th 23.79% 74.15% Keith Ellison
6th 53.33% 44.60% Michele Bachmann
7th 50.10% 47.39% Collin Peterson
8th 44.50% 53.10% Jim Oberstar

By county

County Barack Hussein Obama

Democratic

John Sidney McCain III

Republican

Other candidates

Various parties

Total
% # % # % #
Aitkin 48.83% 4,595 48.77% 4,589 2.4% 226 9,410
Anoka 47.73% 86,976 50.13% 91,357 2.14% 3,891 182,224
Becker 45.31% 7,687 52.17% 8,851 2.52% 427 16,965
Beltrami 54.05% 12,019 43.90% 9,762 2.05% 455 22,236
Benton 43.71% 8,454 53.46% 10,338 2.83% 547 19,339
Big Stone 51.91% 1,552 45.55% 1,362 2.54% 76 2,990
Blue Earth 55.10% 19,325 42.15% 14,782 2.75% 963 35,070
Brown 42.65% 5,809 54.74% 7,456 2.61% 355 13,620
Carlton 62.34% 11,501 35.50% 6,549 2.16% 399 18,449
Carver 41.57% 20,654 56.67% 28,156 1.76% 873 49,683
Cass 44.62% 7,276 53.11% 8,660 2.28% 371 16,307
Chippewa 51.60% 3,280 45.74% 2,907 2.66% 169 6,356
Chisago 43.62% 12,783 53.88% 15,789 2.5% 733 29,305
Clay 56.96% 16,666 40.94% 11,978 2.1% 615 29,259
Clearwater 44.05% 1,877 53.77% 2,291 2.18% 93 4,261
Cook 60.30% 2,019 37.04% 1,240 2.66% 89 3,348
Cottonwood 45.71% 2,759 52.30% 3,157 1.99% 120 6,036
Crow Wing 45.10% 15,859 52.80% 18,567 2.1% 739 35,165
Dakota 51.79% 116,778 46.29% 104,364 1.92% 4,330 225,472
Dodge 43.70% 4,463 53.54% 5,468 2.76% 282 10,213
Douglas 44.25% 9,256 53.74% 11,241 2.01% 421 20,918
Faribault 45.83% 3,736 51.47% 4,196 2.7% 220 8,152
Fillmore 52.71% 5,921 44.45% 4,993 2.85% 320 11,234
Freeborn 57.38% 9,915 40.25% 6,955 2.37% 410 17,280
Goodhue 48.15% 12,420 49.53% 12,775 2.33% 600 25,795
Grant 51.32% 1,850 45.66% 1,646 3.02% 109 3,605
Hennepin 63.42% 420,958 34.81% 231,054 1.77% 11,768 663,780
Houston 54.27% 5,906 43.58% 4,743 2.15% 234 10,883
Hubbard 41.86% 4,872 56.35% 6,558 1.79% 208 11,638
Isanti 41.13% 8,248 56.47% 11,324 2.4% 481 20,053
Itasca 55.18% 13,460 42.26% 10,309 2.57% 626 24,395
Jackson 46.56% 2,618 50.83% 2,858 2.61% 147 5,623
Kanabec 44.04% 3,743 52.70% 4,479 3.26% 277 8,499
Kandiyohi 46.24% 10,125 51.70% 11,319 2.06% 451 21,895
Kittson 58.10% 1,492 39.56% 1,016 2.34% 60 2,568
Koochiching 53.65% 3,649 43.55% 2,962 2.81% 191 6,802
Lac qui Parle 51.53% 2,160 45.61% 1,912 2.86% 120 4,192
Lake County 59.89% 4,174 37.82% 2,636 2.28% 159 6,969
Lake of the Woods 41.98% 971 55.25% 1,278 2.77% 64 2,313
Le Sueur 46.60% 6,994 50.88% 7,636 2.53% 379 15,009
Lincoln 48.53% 1,517 47.70% 1,491 3.77% 118 3,126
Lyon 48.08% 6,110 49.69% 6,315 2.23% 283 12,708
McLeod 39.44% 7,505 57.77% 10,993 2.79% 531 19,029
Mahnomen 61.29% 1,436 35.98% 843 2.73% 64 2,343
Marshall 48.77% 2,311 48.22% 2,285 3.02% 143 4,739
Martin 41.04% 4,413 56.29% 6,053 2.68% 288 10,754
Meeker 42.89% 5,380 53.70% 6,737 3.41% 428 12,545
Mille Lacs 44.83% 6,072 52.05% 7,049 3.12% 423 13,544
Morrison 39.10% 6,547 58.14% 9,735 2.75% 461 16,743
Mower 60.48% 11,605 36.87% 7,075 2.64% 507 19,187
Murray 48.72% 2,345 48.20% 2,320 3.08% 148 4,813
Nicollet 54.19% 9,887 43.67% 7,968 2.14% 390 18,245
Nobles 48.16% 4,244 49.56% 4,368 2.28% 201 8,813
Norman 62.00% 2,129 35.06% 1,204 2.94% 101 3,434
Olmsted 50.62% 38,711 47.34% 36,202 2.04% 1,557 76,470
Otter Tail 42.39% 13,856 55.30% 18,077 2.31% 754 32,687
Pennington 49.75% 3,394 47.61% 3,248 2.64% 180 6,822
Pine 49.25% 7,084 47.71% 6,862 3.04% 437 14,383
Pipestone 42.14% 2,023 55.24% 2,652 2.62% 126 4,801
Polk 51.19% 7,850 46.62% 7,148 2.19% 336 15,334
Pope 50.75% 3,317 46.96% 3,069 2.29% 150 6,536
Ramsey 65.96% 182,974 32.06% 88,942 1.97% 5,470 277,386
Red Lake 51.12% 1,120 44.87% 983 4.02% 88 2,191
Redwood 41.63% 3,250 55.19% 4,308 3.18% 248 7,806
Renville 47.99% 3,904 48.63% 3,956 3.38% 275 8,135
Rice 54.66% 17,381 43.16% 13,723 2.19% 695 31,799
Rock 41.79% 2,079 55.78% 2,775 2.43% 121 4,975
Roseau 40.22% 3,097 57.64% 4,438 2.14% 165 7,700
St. Louis 65.10% 77,351 32.61% 38,742 2.29% 2,721 118,814
Scott 43.51% 29,208 54.70% 36,724 1.79% 1,200 67,132
Sherburne 39.91% 17,957 58.10% 26,140 1.98% 893 44,990
Sibley 38.79% 2,998 58.12% 4,492 3.09% 239 7,729
Stearns 45.32% 35,690 52.31% 41,194 2.38% 1,872 78,756
Steele 45.87% 9,016 51.22% 10,068 2.91% 572 19,656
Stevens 49.36% 2,781 48.10% 2,710 2.54% 143 5,634
Swift 55.43% 2,907 41.65% 2,184 2.92% 153 5,244
Todd 43.05% 5,277 54.15% 6,637 2.8% 343 12,257
Traverse 51.25% 1,043 45.85% 933 2.9% 59 2,035
Wabasha 47.47% 5,646 49.90% 5,935 2.62% 312 11,893
Wadena 40.20% 2,882 57.58% 4,128 2.22% 159 7,169
Waseca 44.51% 4,401 52.70% 5,211 2.79% 276 9,888
Washington 51.27% 70,277 46.94% 64,334 1.79% 2,448 137,059
Watonwan 48.73% 2,562 48.04% 2,526 3.23% 170 5,258
Wilkin 45.40% 1,550 52.31% 1,786 2.28% 78 3,414
Winona 58.38% 16,308 39.29% 10,975 2.33% 652 27,935
Wright 40.17% 26,343 57.61% 37,779 2.22% 1,456 65,578
Yellow Medicine 50.57% 2,816 46.31% 2,579 3.12% 174 5,569

Electors

Technically the voters of Minnesota heir ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. Minnesota is allocated 10 electors because it has 8 congressional districts and 2 senators. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of 10 electors, who pledge to vote for their candidate and his or her running mate. Whoever wins the majority of votes in the state is awarded all 10 electoral votes. Their chosen electors then vote for president and vice president. Following an apparent mishap in the previous election, whereby an elector pledged to Democrat presidential candidate John Kerry instead cast their vote for running-mate John Edwards and thus became a faithless elector, Minnesota amended its statutes and became one of the few states whereby electors are legally required to vote for the candidate they are pledged to. This was the first election where the new laws were effective.[21]

The electors of each state and the District of Columbia met on December 15, 2008, to cast their votes for president and vice president. The Electoral College itself never meets as one body. Instead the electors from each state and the District of Columbia met in their respective capitols.

The following were the members of the Electoral College from the state. All 10 were pledged to Barack Obama and Joe Biden:[22]

  1. Arthur A. Anderson
  2. Jim Gremmels
  3. Dave Lee
  4. Al Patton
  5. Joan M. Wittman
  6. William J. Davis
  7. Benjamin F. Gross
  8. Matt Little
  9. Jackie Stevenson
  10. Susan Kay Moravec - replaced Donyta J. Wright who did not appear for the ceremony[23]

References

  1. ^ "Office of the State Of Minnesota Secretary of State". www.sos.state.mn.us. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  2. ^ "D.C.'s Political Report: The complete source for campaign summaries". Archived from the original on 2009-01-01. Retrieved 2009-12-20.
  3. ^ Presidential | The Cook Political Report Archived May 5, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Adnaan (2008-09-20). "Track the Electoral College vote predictions". The Takeaway. Archived from the original on April 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
  5. ^ Electoral-vote.com: President, Senate, House Updated Daily
  6. ^ a b c d Based on Takeaway
  7. ^ POLITICO's 2008 Swing State Map - POLITICO.com
  8. ^ RealClearPolitics - Electoral Map
  9. ^ CQ Politics | CQ Presidential Election Maps, 2008 Archived October 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Electoral College Map". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-26.
  11. ^ "October – 2008 – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs". CNN. Retrieved 2010-05-26.
  12. ^ "Winning the Electoral College". Fox News. 2010-04-27.
  13. ^ roadto270
  14. ^ Election 2008: Electoral College Update - Rasmussen Reports™
  15. ^ "Minnesota: McCain vs. Obama". Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  16. ^ "Presidential Campaign Finance". Archived from the original on 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
  17. ^ "Map: Campaign Ad Spending - Election Center 2008 from CNN.com". CNN. Retrieved 2010-05-26.
  18. ^ "Map: Campaign Candidate Visits - Election Center 2008 from CNN.com". CNN. Retrieved 2010-05-26.
  19. ^ "Election Results 2008". The New York Times. Archived from the original on November 3, 2004. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  20. ^ "Official General Election Results". Minnesota Secretary of State. Archived from the original on 2008-12-08. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
  21. ^ "208.08, 2008 Minnesota Statutes". Revisor.leg.state.mn.us. Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original (PDF) on November 27, 2008. Retrieved April 19, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  23. ^ Citizen Elector
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