- United States general elections, 2008
November 4, 2008, the United Stateshas a general election.
George W. Bushis ineligible for re-election per the 22nd Amendment, which limits a president to two terms, and Incumbent Vice President Dick Cheneyhas 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 Coolidgedid not seek re-election, and Vice President Charles Daweswas not on good terms with party leadership. In 1952, both President Harry Trumanand Vice President Alben Barkleyran for their party's nomination, but they dropped out early.
United States House of Representatives
All 435 seats in the
United States House of Representativesare up for election.
United States Senate
The 33 seats in the
United States SenateClass 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.
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 Minnerof Delaware, Matt Bluntof Missouri, and Mike Easleyof North Carolinaleave those gubernatorial positions open.
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