06 November 2012 10:45 | By Tom Phillips
US Elections through history: how America voted before

2008 - Obama beats McCain



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The historic 2008 election a comfortable win for Democrat Barack Obama - the first African-American ever to run as a major party's presidential candidate - with the country in the mood for change; his Republican opponent John McCain was hurt by the legacy of George W. Bush's presidency, a weak choice of vice-presidential candidate in Sarah Palin, and an unsteady response to the financial crisis.

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