2008 United States presidential election in Hawaii

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2008 United States presidential election in Hawaii

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Nominee Barack Obama John McCain
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Illinois Arizona
Running mate Joe Biden Sarah Palin
Electoral vote 4 0
Popular vote 325,871 120,566
Percentage 71.85% 26.58%

Hawaii presidential election results 2012.svg
County Results

President before election

George W. Bush

Elected President

Barack Obama

The 2008 United States presidential election in Hawaii took place on November 4, 2008, and was part of the 2008 United States presidential election. Voters chose 4 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Hawaii, the state where Barack Obama was born, gave him 71.9% of the vote with a 45.3% margin of victory in 2008. Prior to the election, all 17 news organizations considered this a state Obama would win, or otherwise considered as a safe blue state. Hawaii has voted Democratic in every presidential election since 1988. Obama's margin of victory in this state is only surpassed by that of the District of Columbia and is the only actual state that gave either candidate more than 70% of the vote. Turnout here was much higher than previous elections.




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


Just 3 pre-election polls were ever taken in the state, averaging Obama at 64% to McCain at 30%.[14]


Obama raised $3,098,395. McCain raised $424,368.[15]

Advertising and visits[edit]

Obama spent $113,838 while a conservative interest group spent $31.[16] Obama visited the state once.[17]


One of the most reliably blue states in the nation, Hawaii has only voted for two Republican candidates since statehood, both in national Republican landslides--Richard Nixon in 1972 and Ronald Reagan in 1984. A large concentration of Asian Americans makes the state very favorable to the Democrats. Although moderate Republicans occasionally win at the state level—for instance, then-Governor Linda Lingle and Lieutenant Governor Duke Aiona were both Republicans—Hawaii has long been reckoned as a Democratic stronghold.

It came as something of a surprise in 2004 when John Kerry only carried Hawaii with 53 percent of the vote. However, the state reverted to form in dramatic fashion in 2008, with Barack Obama (who was born in Hawaii) winning the state in a landslide over Republican John McCain. During the same election, Democrats picked up one seat in the Hawaii House of Representatives and two seats in the Hawaii Senate, giving them a super-majority in the Hawaii state legislature with 45 out of 51 seats in the Hawaii House and 23 out of 25 seats in the Hawaii Senate.


2008 United States presidential election in Hawaii
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 325,871 71.85% 4
Republican John McCain Sarah Palin 120,566 26.58% 0
Independent Ralph Nader Matt Gonzalez 3,825 0.84% 0
Libertarian Bob Barr Wayne Allyn Root 1,314 0.29% 0
Constitution Chuck Baldwin (write-in) Darrell Castle 1,013 0.22% 0
Green Cynthia McKinney Rosa Clemente 979 0.22% 0
Totals 453,568 100.00% 4
Voter turnout (Voting age population) 46.4%

Results breakdown[edit]

By county[edit]

County Obama Votes McCain Votes Others Votes
Overseas 81.1% 670 16.6% 137 2.3% 19
Hawaii 75.9% 50,819 22.2% 14,866 1.8% 1,231
Maui 76.7% 39,727 21.5% 11,154 1.8% 908
Kalawao 77.4% 24 22.58% 7 0.0% 0
Kauai 75.0% 20,416 22.9% 6,245 2.1% 563
Honolulu 69.8% 214,239 28.7% 88,164 1.4% 4,410

By congressional district[edit]

Barack Obama swept both of Hawaii’s two congressional districts easily.

District McCain Obama Representative
1st 28.14% 70.43% Neil Abercrombie
2nd 25.15% 73.14% Mazie Hirono


Technically the voters of Hawaii cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. Hawaii is allocated 4 electors because it has 2 congressional districts and 2 senators. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of 4 electors, who pledge to vote for their candidate and his or her running mate. Whoever wins the majority of votes in the state is awarded all 4 electoral votes. Their chosen electors then vote for president and vice president. Although electors are pledged to their candidate and running mate, they are not obligated to vote for them.[18] An elector who votes for someone other than his or her candidate is known as a faithless elector.

The electors of each state and the District of Columbia met on December 15, 2008, to cast their votes for president and vice president. The Electoral College itself never meets as one body. Instead the electors from each state and the District of Columbia met in their respective capitols.

The following were the members of the Electoral College from the state. All 4 were pledged to Barack Obama and Joe Biden:[19]

  1. Joy Kobashigawa
  2. Marie Dolores
  3. Amefil Agbayani
  4. Frances K. Kagawa

See also[edit]


  1. ^ D.C.'s Political Report: The complete source for campaign summaries
  2. ^ Presidential | The Cook Political Report Archived May 5, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Adnaan (2008-09-20). "Track the Electoral College vote predictions". The Takeaway. Archived from the original on April 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
  4. ^ Electoral-vote.com: President, Senate, House Updated Daily
  5. ^ a b c d Based on Takeaway
  6. ^ POLITICO's 2008 Swing State Map - POLITICO.com
  7. ^ RealClearPolitics - Electoral Map
  8. ^ CQ Politics | CQ Presidential Election Maps, 2008 Archived June 14, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Electoral College Map". The New York Times. Retrieved May 26, 2010.
  10. ^ "October – 2008 – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs". CNN. Retrieved May 26, 2010.
  11. ^ "Winning the Electoral College". Fox News. April 27, 2010.
  12. ^ roadto270
  13. ^ Election 2008: Electoral College Update - Rasmussen Reports™
  14. ^ Election 2008 Polls - Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections
  15. ^ Presidential Campaign Finance
  16. ^ "Map: Campaign Ad Spending - Election Center 2008 from CNN.com". CNN. Retrieved May 26, 2010.
  17. ^ "Map: Campaign Candidate Visits - Election Center 2008 from CNN.com". CNN. Retrieved May 26, 2010.
  18. ^ "Electoral College". California Secretary of State. Archived from the original on October 30, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
  19. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 6, 2008. Retrieved November 8, 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)