The 2008 United States Presidential Elections

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The American people troop to the polling precincts today to elect a new set of leaders. The 56th consecutive quadrennial presidential elections are to be held along with senatorial election in 33 states, House of Representatives elections for all states, and gubernatorial and local elections and referendums in some states.

The focus of attention will definitely be the historic contest among the presidential and vice-presidential contenders, with Senator John Sidney McCain and Alaska Governor Sarah Louise H. Palin of the Republican Party and Senator Barack Hussein Obama and Senator Joseph Robinette F. Biden Jr. of the Democratic Party, battling to get a majority of the members of the Electoral College. While there are other candidates, the presidential race is expected to be a fight between the nominees of the two major parties.

This is the first time since 1928 that the two primary contenders are neither incumbent President nor Vice President. It is also the first time in US history that two sitting senators will run against each other for President. Senator Obama is the first African-American presidential nominee of a major party.

The US presidential elections is a study in the orderly conduct of party nominations, candidate campaigns, and the conduct of the elections itself. …