United States general elections, 2008


United States general elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, the United States has a general election.

President

Incumbent President George W. Bush is ineligible for re-election per the 22nd Amendment, which limits a president to two terms, and Incumbent Vice President Dick Cheney has declined to run for the office. These facts make the 2008 presidential election the first since 1928 in which neither an incumbent president nor an incumbent vice president is a candidate, and the first since 1952 in which neither is a candidate in the general election. In the 1928 election, President Calvin Coolidge did not seek re-election, and Vice President Charles Dawes was not on good terms with party leadership. In 1952, both President Harry Truman and Vice President Alben Barkley ran for their party's nomination, but they dropped out early.

United States House of Representatives

All 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives are up for election.

United States Senate

The 33 seats in the United States Senate Class 2 are up for election, plus special Senate elections in Mississippi and Wyoming. The resignation of Mississippi Senator Trent Lott, and the death of Wyoming Senator Craig L. Thomas, (both Class 1 senators) mean that both of those states' senate seats are up for election.

Governors

Eleven of the fifty United States governors are up for re-election. Eight incumbent governors are running for re-election, while the retirements of Ruth Ann Minner of Delaware, Matt Blunt of Missouri, and Mike Easley of North Carolina leave those gubernatorial positions open.


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