In the election of 2008, Illinois senator Barack Obama faced off against Arizona senator John McCain.
Obama campaigned on change, using a grassroots approach to encourage first time voters. McCain displayed himself as a senator willing to push the envelope in Washington. And, he selected a woman, Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, as his running mate. The economy was the hot button issue of the day with mortgage-backed securities causing a major downturn in the financial sector.
Obama won with 68% of the electoral votes, becoming our first African-American president.