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Democratic Party (United States) presidential primaries, 2008

Election NameDemocratic presidential primaries, 2008
CountryUnited States
Previous ElectionDemocratic Party (United States) presidential primaries, 2004
Previous Year2004
Next ElectionDemocratic Party (United States) presidential primaries, 2012
Next Year2012
Election DateJanuary 3, 2008 to June 3, 2008
Nominee1Barack Obama
Party1Democratic Party (United States)
Home State1Illinois
Popular Vote118,011,877
States Carried129+DC+DA+GU+TC+VI
Nominee2Hillary Clinton
Party2Democratic Party (United States)
Home State2New York
Popular Vote218,223,120
States Carried221+PR+AS
Map ImageDemocratic presidential primary, 2008.svg
Map Size330px
Map CaptionDemocratic Primary Results (popular vote). Purple denotes an Obama win and gold a Clinton win.
TitleDemocratic presidential candidate
Before ElectionJohn Kerry
PosttitleDemocratic presidential candidate-elect
After ElectionBarack Obama

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The 2008 Democratic presidential primaries were the selection process by which voters of the Democratic Party chose its nominee for President of the United States in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. The nominee was selected through a series of primary elections and caucuses culminating in the 2008 Democratic National Convention held from Monday, August 25, through Thursday, August 28, 2008, in Denver, Colorado.

To secure the nomination at the convention, a candidate needed to receive at least 2,117 votes from delegates—a simple majority of the 4,233 delegate votes, including half-votes from American Samoa, Guam, the United States Virgin Islands, and Democrats Abroad. However, this total included votes from so-called superdelegates (party leaders and elected officials), and the race was complicated by a controversy over the scheduling of the Michigan and Florida state primaries, which had been scheduled earlier than party rules permitted. Due to a close race between Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, the contest remained competitive for longer than expected, and neither candidate received enough delegates from state primary races and caucuses to achieve a majority without superdelegate votes.

Although Obama led Clinton in delegates won through state contests, Clinton claimed the popular vote lead as she had more actual votes from the state contests. However, this total included Michigan and Florida, which neither Clinton nor Obama contested due to the Democratic National Committee's penalization of those states for violating primary rules. Obama received enough superdelegate endorsements on June 3 to claim that he had secured the simple majority of delegates necessary to win the nomination, and Clinton conceded the nomination four days later. Obama was officially recognized as the Democratic nominee at the August convention. He went on to win the general election, and became the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009.

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