Barack Obama 2008 presidential campaign

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Obama at a campaign rally in Springfield, Illinois, August 2008

Barack Obama, then a junior United States Senator from Illinois, announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States in Springfield, Illinois, on February 10, 2007.[1] On August 27, 2008, he was declared nominee[2] of the Democratic Party for the 2008 presidential election. He was the first African American in history to be nominated on a major party ticket.[3] On August 23, 2008, Barack Obama's campaign announced that Senator Joe Biden of Delaware would be the Vice Presidential nominee.[4]

On November 4, 2008, Obama won the election, making him the President-elect and the first African American elected President of the United States.[5][6] He is the third sitting Senator, after Warren G. Harding and John F. Kennedy, to be elected President.

His constitutional election to the office was completed with the meeting of the Electoral College on December 15, 2008, and the subsequent certification of the college's vote by the Joint Session of the United States Congress on January 8, 2009.[7][8] Based on the results of the electoral vote count, Barack Obama was declared the elected President of the United States and Joseph Biden was declared officially as the elected Vice President of the United States in the 2008 presidential election.[9] The Headquarters of Obama's campaign was in his home town of Chicago, Illinois.

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  1. "Obama Launches Presidential Bid," BBC News, February 10, 2007. Retrieved on January 14, 2008. Video at Brightcove.TV.
  2. Adam Nagourney (August 28, 2008). "Obama Wins Nomination; Biden and Bill Clinton Rally Party - NYTimes.com". Nytimes.com. Archived from the original on September 29, 2008. Retrieved October 17, 2008. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. Jeff Zeleny, "Obama Clinches Nomination; First Black Candidate to Lead a Major Party Ticket," The New York Times, June 4, 2008. Retrieved July 5, 2008.
  4. "Joe Biden!". BarackObama.com. Archived from the original on August 27, 2008. Retrieved August 28, 2008. Breaking news: the text message is out and it's official... Barack Obama has selected Joe Biden to be his running mate! Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. "Barack Obama wins presidential election". CNN. November 4, 2008. Archived from the original on November 4, 2008. Retrieved November 5, 2008. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. Nagourney, Adam (November 5, 2008). "Obama Wins Election". The New York Times. Archived from the original on December 6, 2008. Retrieved November 5, 2008. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. Nagourney, Adam (November 4, 2008). "Obama Wins Election". New York Times. Archived from the original on December 1, 2008. Retrieved November 5, 2008. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. "Obama's Presidency". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. November 10, 2008 (Updated daily). Check date values in: |date= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  9. "Congress meets to count electoral votes". MSNBC. January 8, 2009. Archived from the original on February 10, 2009. Retrieved January 8, 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)