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The following are lists of candidates in the 2008 United States presidential election. Candidates who are not on any state ballots, withdrew from the race, suspended their presidential campaign, or failed to earn their party's nomination are listed separately.
All candidates in the table below were on the ballot in multiple states. Those who were on the ballot in enough states to win a majority in the U.S. Electoral College are marked in bold. Candidates who were on the ballot in no more than one state are listed in the next section.
Ron Paul was on the ballot in Louisiana with Barry Goldwater, Jr. on the Louisiana Taxpayers Party ticket and in Montana with Michael Peroutka on the Constitution Party of Montana ticket, even though the latter is associated with the national Constitution Party. Paul's supporters also qualified him to receive write-in votes in California. Paul was no longer actively running for president when he attained ballot status and asked to be removed. His request was denied by the Montana Secretary of State, because the request was sent to him too late.
|Presidential candidate/running mate||Party||Campaign site|
|Barack Obama/Joe Biden (campaign)||Democratic, South Carolina United Citizens, New York Working Families||barackobama.com|
|John McCain/Sarah Palin (campaign)||Republican, New York Independence, New York Conservative||johnmccain.com|
|Ralph Nader/Matt Gonzalez (campaign)||Independent, Independence-Ecology, Peace and Freedom, Michigan Natural Law, Delaware Independent, Oregon Peace, New York Populist||votenader.org|
|Bob Barr/Wayne Allyn Root (campaign)||Libertarian||bobbarr2008.com|
|Cynthia McKinney/Rosa Clemente (campaign)||Green||votetruth08.com|
|Chuck Baldwin/Darrell Castle (campaign)||Constitution, Kansas Reform, Virginia Independent Green||baldwin2008.com|
|Alan Keyes/Brian Rohrbough (campaign)||Independent, America's Independent||alankeyes.com|
|Gloria La Riva/Eugene Puryear||Socialism & Liberation||votepsl.org|
|Brian Moore/Stewart Alexander||Socialist, Vermont Liberty Union||votesocialist2008.org|
|Róger Calero/Alyson Kennedy||Socialist Workers||themilitant.com|
|Charles Jay/Thomas L. Knapp||Boston Tea||CJ08.com|
|Thomas Stevens/Alden Link||Objectivist||objectivistparty.us|
|Gene Amondson/Leroy Pletten||Prohibition||geneamondson.com|
Each state sets its own requirements for candidates to gain ballot access. In some cases it is easier for party nominees to gain ballot access than for independent candidates, so Ralph Nader's independent campaign is associated with parties (pre-existing or newly formed) in some states: PF is the Peace and Freedom Party, NLP is the Natural Law Party, IEP is the Independent-Ecology Party, and IP is the Independent Party. In Kansas, Chuck Baldwin's campaign is associated with the Kansas Reform Party after a legal challenge had been brought to recognize national Reform Party candidate Ted Weill on the ballot.
George Phillies appeared on the ballot in New Hampshire with the label "Libertarian", with Chris Bennett as his running mate.
|Electoral Votes||Nader||Libertarian (Barr)||Constitution (Baldwin)||Green (McKinney)|
|States + D.C.||51||46 (50)||45 (47)||37 (49)||32 (49)|
|Electoral votes (EV)||538||456 (531)||503 (510)||318 (516)||368 (528)|
|Percent of EV||100%||84.8% (98.7%)||93.5% (94.8%)||59.1% (95.9%)||68.4% (98.1%)|
|District of Columbia||3||(write-in)||(write-in)|
|Electoral Votes||Prohibition (Amondson)||Socialist Workers (Calero)||Boston Tea (Jay)||America's Independent (Keyes)||Socialism and Liberation (La Riva)||Socialist (Moore)||Objectivist (Stevens)|
|States + D.C.||51||3||10 (11)||3 (7)||3 (8)||12||8 (30)||2|
|EV||538||45||125 (180)||47 (75)||91 (168)||137||102 (338)||36|
|% of EV||100%||8.4%||23.2% (33.5%)||8.7% (13.9%)||16.9% (31.2%)||25.5%||19.7% (62.8%)||6.7%|
|District of Columbia||3|
The tickets below were on the ballot in no more than one state. Those appearing on a single state's ballot are in bold, all others are write-in candidates. Those without party labels are independents. Some do not have vice-presidential candidates.
Although Guam has no votes in the Electoral College, it has held a straw poll for its presidential preferences since 1980. In 2008, their ballot included Barr, McCain, and Obama. On July 10, 2008, the Guam legislature passed a law moving that poll forward to gain notoriety for Guam's election. The legislation was eventually vetoed.
|Iowa (January 3)||JB||HC||CD||JE||MG||DK||BO||BR|
|New Hampshire (January 8)||JB||HC||CD||JE||MG||DK||BO||BR|
|Michigan (January 15)||HC||CD||MG||DK|
|Nevada (January 19)||JB||HC||CD||JE||DK||BO||BR|
|South Carolina (January 26)||JB||HC||CD||JE||MG||DK||BO||BR|
|Florida (January 29)||JB||HC||CD||JE||MG||DK||BO||BR|
and Republican Party comprehensive summary at
|Iowa (January 3)||RG||MH||DH||JM||RP||MR||FT|
|Wyoming (January 5)||RG||MH||DH||JM||RP||MR||FT|
|New Hampshire (January 8)||RG||MH||DH||AK||JM||RP||MR||FT|
|Michigan (January 15)||RG||MH||DH||JM||RP||MR||FT|
|Nevada (January 19)||RG||MH||DH||JM||RP||MR||FT|
|South Carolina (January 19)||RG||MH||DH||JM||RP||MR||FT|
|Florida (January 29)||RG||MH||DH||AK||JM||RP||MR||FT|
The Montana Secretary of State has told Ron Paul that his request to be removed from the ballot arrived too late