ⓘ 2008 United States presidential election in New Hampshire

                                     

ⓘ 2008 United States presidential election in New Hampshire

The 2008 United States presidential election in New Hampshire took place on November 4, 2008, as part of the 2008 United States presidential election throughout all 50 states and D.C. Voters chose 4 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

The candidate from Democratic party Barack Obama won the state by a margin of 9.61%. Obama took 54.13% to Republican John McCain, who 44.52%. Before the election, all 17 news organizations considered this a state Obama would win, or otherwise considered a safe blue state. The state was initially considered swing States in 2008 for a number of reasons. New Hampshire is much more fiscally conservative than its neighbors in New England and has a strong disdain for taxes, giving Republicans the advantage in the state. However, like all New England is much more liberal on social issues like abortion and gay rights, which helps the Democrats. In addition, McCain was very popular among Republicans based on the fact that he won here in 2000 and 2008 primaries. In 2008, Obama has lost the main Hillary Clinton. However, after the financial crisis, Obama pulled away in pre-election polls.

As a result, in 2008, Barack Obama was the first democratic presidential candidate to sweep all of new Hampshires ten counties, as native son Franklin pierce in 1852. Obama even received the most votes in the traditionally staunchly Republican area of Carroll County, the only County in new Hampshire and throughout New England, voted for Republican Barry Goldwater in the 1964 Democratic landslide. And this despite Obamas 10-point margin is significantly lower than Lyndon B. Johnson 28 points. Carroll County was not given the majority of the democratic presidential candidate, starting in 1884, although the vote-splitting last allowed Woodrow Wilson to win there are many in 1912. As the presidential election of 2016 is the last election in which Rockingham County, Belknap County, and Carroll County has voted for the presidential candidate of the Democratic party.