U.S. Presidential Election 2008
News Archive November 2008

November 5, 2008
Obama turns to building a presidency
His storied election behind him and weighty problems in his face, Barack Obama turned Wednesday to the task of building an administration in times of crisis as Americans and the world absorbed his history-shattering achievement as the first black leader ascending to the presidency. Read more

November 4, 2008
Barack Obama victory speech: Change has come to America (video)
<> If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer. Read more

McCains Concession Speech (video)
SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN: Thank you. Thank you, my friends. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you for coming here on this beautiful Arizona evening. (Cheers, applause.) Read more

Obama Elected 44th President
Barack Obama, capping an unprecedented rise, has been voted the 44th President of the United States, according to projections by broadcast and cable news networks. Read more

McCain votes in Arizona, Palin in Alaska
As Republican presidential candidate John McCain arrived at the Albright United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona Tuesday to vote, scores of supporters cheered: 'Go, John, go.' Read more

Historic Election 2008: For the Record Books
First, most, longest. Election 2008 has redefined American politics in a rainbow of historic records that are likely to resonate across the cultural landscape for decades to come.

The historic campaign -- nearly two years long -- was marked by breakthroughs in race, gender, age, fundraising and use of technology. Read more

Voting machine problems reported on East Coast, in Midwest
Breakdowns are plaguing polling places in Philadelphia, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Problems are also reported in New York state, Virginia and Florida. Read more

November 3, 2008
Barack Obama's grandmother Madelyn Dunham dies
The day before the presidential election, Sen. Barack Obama's grandmother, a woman he called "Toot" and someone who helped raised him, has died.

Obama's campaign reported the death of Madelyn Dunham, 86, this afternoon as he and the media traveling with him landed here for the second of two campaign rallies he has scheduled today. Read more
Can Obama win popular vote but lose election?
It's a nightmare scenario for Democrats their nominee Barack Obama winning the popular vote while Republican John McCain ekes out an Electoral College victory. Sure, McCain trails in every recent national poll. Sure, surveys show that Obama leads in the race to reach the requisite 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. Read more

November 2, 2008
Campaigns unleash massive get-out-vote drives
Barack Obama and John McCain uncorked massive get-out-the-vote operations in more than a dozen battleground states Sunday, millions of telephone calls, mailings and door-knockings in a frenzied, fitting climax to a record-shattering $1 billion campaign. Together, they'll spend about $8 per presidential vote. Read more

Latest newspaper endorsements in presidential race
Excerpts from recent newspaper endorsements of presidential candidates John McCain, a Republican, and Barack Obama, a Democrat. Read more