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Container

U.S. Executive

Race Type

Primary Election

Filing Deadline

1/20/2008 6:45 pm

Polls Open

8/25/2008 7:00 pm

Polls Close

8/27/2008 6:00 pm

Term Starts

1/20/2009 12:00 pm

Term Ends

1/20/2013 12:00 pm

Database Record

Posted 2/28/2006, Updated 1/9/2013

Table

Click here for a table of all races for this office


PREVIOUS ELECTION

Election date

12/13/2004

Term

2005-2009

Winner

George W. Bush

Party

Republican *

Votes

286

Percent

53.16%


NEXT ELECTION

Election date

12/15/2008

Term

2009-2013

Winner

Barack Obama

Party

Democratic

Votes

365

Percent

67.84%


NARRATIVE

45th Democratic National Convention, 2008

Temporary Chairman
Chairman
Keynote Speaker
Presidential Nominee
Vice Presidential Nominee
DNC Chair
Howard B. Dean VT
U.S. House Speaker
Nancy D. Pelosi CA
Former Gov.
Mark Warner VA
U.S. Senator
Barack Obama IL
U.S. Senator
Joseph R. Biden DE
Overview

The 45th Democratic National Convention was held 8/25-28/2008 in a hockey stadium named Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. As with most national political conventions of recent decades, events were scheduled to provide for committees to meet privately in the mornings, to report in the afternoon with evenings set aside for speakers.

Recap of the 2008 primary season

U.S. Senator Barack Obama of Illinois conducted a masterful campaign in the primaries and managed to win more delegates than the Democratic front-runner, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York, though he received fewer popular votes in the Democratic primaries. It had been the longest primary season since 1984.

Location and Date

DNC Chairman Howard Dean announced on 1/11/2007 that Denver, Colorado, had been chosen as the site of the national convention for 2008. Denver had hosted the Democratic National Convention in 1908, a century earlier. The Pepsi Center (right) was chosen as the location of the sessions the first three days. The Center was constructed in 1997-1999 as the home of the hockey team named the Colorado Avalanche.

The convention was held 8/25-28/2008. It was the latest Democratic National Convention with the sole exception of 1864, which assembled on 8/29/1864. As had been the case beginning with 1936, the party not controlling the White House held its national convention first. The conventions of the challenging party had been held around 7/15 since 1960 (with some exceptions), but the Democrats chose 8/25 to avoid the Olympic games. The two major parties held their national conventions one week apart for the first time since 1956; in most elections years since then, the conventions had been scheduled one month apart.

Preparations

Three main events faced the convention organizers. A group of protesters led by Re-create 68 organized marches to challenge the Democrats for not following through on their campaign promise in 2006 to end the war in Iraq. The protests were generally civil in nature and were kept at a distance from the convention site. Security was also a concern. On the day the convention opened, a group of people was taken into custody for a supposed plot to murder Obama during the convention. Last, the seating arrangements for the convention were not decided until near the time for the convention to open because Obama agreed to allow the full seating of delegations from Florida and Michigan, which had disobeyed party rules in choosing their delegates and had lost their delegates.

Media Coverage

Media coverage of national nominating conventions was reduced in the years since 1990. In 2008, the three major networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) all decided to broadcast only one hour of the convention each evening. PBS took the lead in convention coverage with its anchor Jim Lehrer. As usual, PBS showed select speeches live and then cut away during other speeches to interview former speakers, hear reports from the floor, or discuss the convention with reporters David Brooks and Mark Shields and presidential historians Michael Beschloss, Richard Norton Smith, and Peniel Joseph.

First Day - 8/25/2008

Howard Dean called the convention to order at 3:00 local time. The first items of business related to the credentials committee and the rules committee. The delegates discussed the proposed platform until the close of the afternoon session. The evening session began at 7:00 local time. Nancy Pelosi, the first female Speaker of the U.S. House, assumed the post as chair of the convention and addressed the delegates. Her speech set forth the accomplishments of the Democratic-controlled Congress. A brief video of former President Carter followed. U.S. Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. IL outlined Obama's legislative record. The band played "Sweet Caroline" as Caroline Kennedy, a key Obama advisor, went to the podium to introduce U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, whose presence was not expected due to his declining health. In his speech, Kennedy quoted his famous convention speech of 1980 and assured the delegates that "the dream lives on." Former U.S. Rep. Jim Leach of Iowa gave his reasons for crossing party lines; his was one of only three speeches of the evening actually written by the speaker rather than by speechwriters. U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill MO was one of the few Democrats who criticized the Republican candidate, saying that he was out of touch with Missouri voters. The last major speaker was Michelle Obama. After being introduced by her older brother, she outlined the story of her life. She showed that her life and Barack Obama's life were typical of many Americans, who face family, educational, and economic challenges every day. At the end of her speech, Barack Obama made a brief appearance to the convention on a large screen.

Democratic Primaries of 2008

44th Democratic National Convention (2004)

Popular Vote of 2008

Electoral Vote of 2008


DEBATES

EVENTS

NEWS

Date

Category

Headline

12/30/2009 4:35 pm

News

Dems move to sack superdelegates

11/2/2008 1:00 pm

News

Obama and Clinton reach common ground

9/6/2008 9:00 pm

Blog Entry

The Bogus Flag Story

9/6/2008 1:50 pm

Blog Entry

Republican Recycling [Dems trash 12,000 flags]

8/29/2008 1:00 pm

News

Obama's speech seen by 38 million viewers

8/27/2008 5:00 pm

Blog Entry

Bush, RNC Both Heart Greek Columns, Too!

8/27/2008 2:00 pm

Analysis

What the Democrats can learn from Republicans

8/27/2008 12:25 am

News

Hillary Clinton Says Barack Obama "Must Be Our President"

8/26/2008 9:00 pm

News

Conventions: On Opening Night, Democrats Draw at Least 22 Million

8/25/2008 9:10 pm

Speech

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's remarks at convention

8/25/2008 11:00 am

News

Bill Clinton not happy with convention role

8/24/2008 9:00 am

News

Dems give Michigan and Florida full voting rights

8/24/2008 6:00 pm

General

Sen. Edward Kennedy may go to convention

8/23/2008 5:00 pm

News

Young evangelical backs out of convention prayer

8/21/2008 5:30 pm

News

Clinton Creates 'whip Team' To Quell Anti-Obama Protests

8/20/2008 10:00 pm

Poll

49% Say Hillary Likely to Overshadow Obama at Convention

8/17/2008 8:00 am

General

For Convention, Obama’s Image Is All-American

8/15/2008 1:35 pm

News

Rep.: Half of House Dems may vote Hillary at DNC

8/14/2008 6:00 pm

News

Obama camp says Detroit mayor unwelcome in Denver

8/14/2008 11:25 am

General

Hillary Clinton's name to be placed in nomination

8/14/2008 12:00 am

News

Colorado Democrats Threaten Clinton Delegate's Status

8/14/2008 12:00 am

News

Required To Volunteer? Obama Ticket Giveaway Causes Confusion

8/13/2008 12:25 pm

Announcement

Anti-abortion senator to address Democrats

8/13/2008 1:00 am

News

Mark Warner will keynote Democratic convention

8/12/2008 5:00 pm

News

Backers want Clinton nominated at convention

8/7/2008 9:00 pm

Announcement

BILL CLINTON OFFERED SPEAKING ROLE (Wednesday)

8/6/2008 2:00 pm

News

Backers to salute Hillary Clinton with a parade and rally at DNC

8/4/2008 10:00 am

News

DNC video crews prep for Ted K tribute

7/22/2008 10:20 pm

News

City gives DNC host committee pass on gas tax

7/9/2008 1:00 pm

News

Clinton's Convention Role Being Negotiated

7/6/2008 4:00 pm

Press Release

Statement From DNC Chairman Dean and Convention CEO Daughtry on New York Times Sunday Story

7/6/2008 12:00 am

News

Rising Convention Costs and Delays Worry Democrats

7/3/2008 8:45 pm

Speculative

Obama's campaign considers holding acceptance speech at Invesco Field at Mile High

6/27/2008 4:30 pm

News

Obama, Clinton seal their new-found unity with a kiss

6/7/2008 1:45 pm

Speech

Text of Hillary Rodham Clinton's speech

6/7/2008 12:25 pm

News

Clinton suspends campaign, urges backers to work ‘as hard for Barack Obama as you have for me’

6/5/2008 8:00 pm

Strategy

How Obama Did It

5/31/2008 6:10 pm

News

Rules and Bylaws Committee: Michigan Decision

5/31/2008 5:45 pm

News

Florida gets half-votes, now to Michigan

5/26/2008 12:25 pm

Opinion

Divided They Stand

5/21/2008 4:00 pm

News

Clinton compares the Florida and Michigan fight to civil rights movement

5/14/2008 10:00 am

Endorsement

[Superdelegate] Peterson hints he will support Obama

5/9/2008 11:00 am

Blog Entry

How To Fix MIFL [MI and FL Democratic Delegates]

5/10/2008 5:00 pm

News

For First Time, More Superdelegates Favor Obama

4/7/2008 11:00 pm

Amusing

Four Days in Denver [A West Wing writer imagines the showdown...]

3/27/2008 12:00 pm

Blog Entry

Floor Fight, Here We Come

3/25/2008 12:00 pm

Speculative

Don’t discount Gore-led ticket

3/8/2008 7:00 pm

News

Bill Clinton: A Clinton-Obama ticket would be 'unstoppable'

3/5/2008 10:25 pm

Speculative

Rep. Lacy Clay Confirms Obama Has 50 New Superdelegates

3/4/2008 1:00 pm

Analysis

Hillary’s Math Problem: Forget tonight. She could win 16 straight and still lose.

3/4/2008 11:00 am

Speculative

Tom Brokaw Says Obama Has 50 More Superdelegates in His Back Pocket

3/1/2008 11:00 am

Announcement

Denver announces permit process for [Dem Nt] Convention

2/12/2008 10:00 pm

Chart

Superdelegates List - Politico.com

1/26/2008 4:00 pm

News

Clinton Defies DNC on Florida and Michigan Convention Delegates

1/9/2008 12:00 am

Analysis

After Clinton win, unpredictability replaces inevitability

5/29/2007 2:00 pm

News

No Lip Service: Dems Trade Higher Taxes for Social Programs

2/23/2007 10:00 am

News

Vilsack Expected to Drop Out Today

1/10/2007 6:00 pm

Announcement

Dodd to Enter 2008 Presidential Race

11/26/2006 8:45 am

Speculative

Might Hillary feel the pull of Ohio?

9/14/2006 3:00 pm

News

Hynes urges Obama to run for president

5/30/2006 12:00 pm

News

Durbin: Obama should run for president


MAP OF THIS ELECTION

 


CERTIFIED RESULTS OF THIS ELECTION

Sen. Barack Obama
(Democratic)

3,189
75.93%

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
(Democratic)

1,011
24.07%

 

Abstaining
(Democratic)

0
0.00%

 

Source for election returns: The roll call was suspended after 13 states, DC, Guam, Democrats Abroad, and American Samoa had voted. The vote when the roll call was suspended is shown here. Results obtained here: http://www.demconvention.com/securing-the-nomination


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