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Barack Obama 2008 presidential campaign

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The 2008 presidential campaign of Barack Obama began on February 10, 2007, when Barack Obama, then junior United States senator from Illinois, announced his candidacy for President of the United States 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]

Obama for America
2008 Obama–Biden campaign logo
Campaign2008 Democratic primaries
2008 U.S. presidential election
CandidateBarack Obama
U.S. Senator from Illinois
Joe Biden
U.S. Senator from Delaware
AffiliationDemocratic Party
February 10, 2007
Presumptive nominee:
June 3, 2008
Official nominee:
August 27, 2008
Won election:
November 4, 2008
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)
ChantYes We Can
Website (Web Archive)

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] He also became the first president to not be born in the contiguous United States, as he was born in Hawaii.