The Presidential Race

This is the first time in history that the two main opponents in the general election are both sitting Senators. The last time a Senator was elected President was John F. Kennedy in 1960.

Our next president will become the first to be born outside the Continental United States! Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and John McCain was born at Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone, a U.S. naval base.

Barack Obama, who has a white mother and Kenyan father of the Luo ethnic group, would be not just the first black president, but also the first biracial president.

McCain would be the first president from Arizona, while Obama would be the third president elected from Illinois…the first two being Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant.

If he’s elected and inaugurated on January 20, 2009, John McCain will be the oldest person to enter the U.S. presidency…at age 72 years and 144 days.

Barack Obama and John McCain are 24 years and 340 days apart in age. This is the biggest age difference between the two major party presidential candidates in U.S. history!

This is the first election in which the Vice President is not a candidate for either the presidency or the vice presidency since Nelson Rockefeller in 1976.

Delaware law allows Senator Joe Biden to run for re-election of his Senate seat at the same time he’s running for Vice President. If the Obama/Biden ticket gets elected, the Governor of Delaware will appoint a replacement Senator until a special election can take place.

Former ambassador Alan Keyes, former Congressman Bob Barr, and businessman Wayne Allyn Root all left the Republican Party to join or seek the nomination of a third party. Keyes is running as the nominee of the newly formed America's Independent Party. Bob Barr became the Libertarian Party nominee, and Root became Barr's running mate.

sticker race 2008 | how does government affect me | president for a day | step inside the voting booth | what's great about 2008
Gubernatorial Race The House of Representatives Race The Senate Race The Presidential Race Back To Section 1 Main Next Section