2008 United States presidential election in Colorado

The 2008 United States presidential election in Colorado took place on November 4, 2008, as a part of the 2008 United States presidential election throughout all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Voters chose nine representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Election in Colorado
2008 United States presidential election in Colorado


 2004 November 4, 2008 2012 
 
Nominee Barack Obama John McCain
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Illinois Arizona
Running mate Joe Biden Sarah Palin
Electoral vote 9 0
Popular vote 1,288,633 1,073,629
Percentage 53.66% 44.71%

County Results

Obama

  50-60%
  60-70%
  70-80%

McCain

  40-50%
  50-60%
  60-70%
  70-80%
  80-90%


President before election

George W. Bush
Republican

Elected President

Barack Obama
Democratic

Elections in Colorado
Presidential elections
Presidential caucuses and primaries

Democratic

2008
2012
2016
2020
Republican
2008
2012
2016
2020
U.S. Senate elections
U.S. House elections
  • 2018
Mayoral elections
Local elections
Mayoral elections
Local elections

Colorado was won by Democratic nominee Barack Obama by a margin of victory of 8.95%. Obama took 53.66% of the vote to McCain’s 44.71%. The state was heavily targeted by both campaigns, although, prior to the election, all 17 news organizations actually considered this a state Obama would win, or otherwise considered as a likely blue state. While George W. Bush narrowly carried the state in 2004, the Centennial State ultimately flipped allegiance to Obama. This was the first time since 1992 in which the state was won by a Democrat in a presidential election.

Key to Obama’s victory was Democratic dominance in the Denver area, sweeping not just the city but also the heavily populated suburban counties around Denver, particularly Adams, Arapahoe, and Jefferson counties, as well as winning Larimer County, home to Fort Collins. Obama also took over 70% of the vote in Boulder County, home to Boulder. McCain’s most populated county wins were in El Paso County, where Colorado Springs is located, and Weld County, home to Greeley.

Colorado served as the tipping-point state for Obama’s overall victory in the presidential election – that is, the first state to give a candidate their 270th electoral vote when all states are arranged by their margins of victory.

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There were 16 news organizations who made state-by-state predictions of the election. Here are their last predictions before election day:

Source Ranking
D.C. Political Report[1] Likely D (flip)
Cook Political Report[2] Lean D (flip)
The Takeaway[3] Lean D (flip)
Electoral-vote.com[4] Lean D (flip)
Washington Post[5] Lean D (flip)
Politico[6] Lean D (flip)
RealClearPolitics[7] Lean D (flip)
FiveThirtyEight[5] Solid D (flip)
CQ Politics[8] Lean D (flip)
The New York Times[9] Lean D (flip)
CNN[10] Lean D (flip)
NPR[5] Lean D (flip)
MSNBC[5] Lean D (flip)
Fox News[11] Likely D (flip)
Associated Press[12] Likely D (flip)
Rasmussen Reports[13] Lean D (flip)

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