United States presidential election in Texas, 2008

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United States presidential election in Texas, 2008
Texas
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November 4, 2008
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Nominee John McCain Barack Obama
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Arizona Illinois
Running mate Sarah Palin Joe Biden
Electoral vote 34 0
Popular vote 4,479,328 3,528,633
Percentage 55.39% 43.63%

Texas Presidential Election Results by Shaded County, 2008.svg

County Results
  Obama—80-90%
  Obama—70-80%
  Obama—60-70%
  Obama—50-60%
  McCain—50-60%
  McCain—60-70%
  McCain—70-80%
  McCain—80-90%
  McCain—>90%

President before election

George W. Bush
Republican

Elected President

Barack Obama
Democratic

The 2008 United States presidential election in Texas took place on November 4, 2008 throughout all 50 states and D.C., which was part of the 2008 United States presidential election. Voters chose 34 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Texas was won by Republican nominee John McCain by an 11.8% margin of victory despite "failing to deliver written certification of their nominations" on time to appear on the ballot. Barack Obama, the Democratic Party nominee and eventual President of the United States, made a similar error.[1]

Prior to the election, all 17 news organizations considered this a state McCain would win, or otherwise considered as a safe red state. This is because although the state is very diverse and has a huge Latino population, Latinos in Texas - despite being fairly Democratic - make up only 20% of the electorate. Polling throughout the state showed Republican John McCain consistently and substantially leading Democrat Barack Obama. On Election Day, McCain won the state, although his margin was less than native son George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. With its 34 electoral votes, Texas was the largest prize for McCain in 2008.

Primaries[edit]

Campaign[edit]

Predictions[edit]

There were 17 news organizations who made state by state predictions of the election. Here are their last predictions before election day:

  1. D.C. Political Report: Republican[2]
  2. Cook Political Report: Solid Republican[3]
  3. Takeaway: Solid McCain[4]
  4. Election Projection: Solid McCain[5]
  5. Electoral-vote.com: Strong Republican[6]
  6. Washington Post: Solid McCain[7]
  7. Politico: Solid McCain[8]
  8. Real Clear Politics: Solid McCain[9]
  9. FiveThirtyEight.com: Solid McCain[10]
  10. CQ Politics: Safe Republican[11]
  11. New York Times: Solid Republican[12]
  12. CNN: Safe Republican[13]
  13. NPR: Solid McCain[14]
  14. MSNBC: Solid McCain[15]
  15. Fox News: Republican[16]
  16. Associated Press: Republican[17]
  17. Rasmussen Reports: Safe Republican[18]

Polling[edit]

McCain won every single pre-election poll. The final 3 polls averaged McCain leading 52% to 41%.[19]

Fundraising[edit]

Obama raised $20,424,500. McCain raised $17,990,153.[20]

Advertising and visits[edit]

Obama and his interest groups spent $9,917,565. McCain and his interest groups spent $33,983.[21] Both campaigns visited the state twice.[22]

Analysis[edit]

Texas, split between the south and southwest regions, has become a consistently Republican state at all levels and is the home state of then President George W. Bush. Economically and racially diverse, Texas includes a huge swath of the Bible Belt where many voters, especially those in rural Texas, identify as born-again or evangelical Christians and therefore tend to vote Republican due to the party's opposition to abortion and gay rights. Although once part of the Solid South, the last time Texas voted for a Democratic presidential nominee was Jimmy Carter in 1976.

McCain did well throughout the state, winning the vast majority of counties by double digits. He took practically every county in Eastern Texas - large regions of which once voted Democratic. All the suburbs of the major cities voted Republican by large margins. He also dominated the Texas Panhandle (including Amarillo), the Permian Basin (including Midland and Odessa) and the South Plains (including Lubbock), three of the most conservative regions in the country. He won these three regions by margins of three-to-one--his largest margin of victory in the entire country. [23] These areas had been among the first in Texas where the old-line conservative Democrats started splitting their tickets and voting Republican nationally; some counties in this region haven't supported a Democrat since Harry Truman in 1948. King County, a thinly populated county in the Panhandle, gave McCain 92.64% of the vote to Obama's 4.91%--McCain's biggest margin in any county in the nation.

Obama, however, did win major urban counties such as Dallas, Bexar and Harris counties-- home to the cities of Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston respectively. Dallas and Harris had been among the first areas of the state to turn Republican, largely due to an influx of Northern expatriates in the 1940s and 1950s. Neither county had supported a Democrat for president since 1964. Bexar had last gone Democratic in 1996.[24] Liberal whites and Hispanic voters in Dallas combined with heavy turnout of African Americans in Houston, and Hispanic turnout in San Antonio helped give Obama the edge and carry these three counties. Obama also performed strongly in Travis County, which contains the state capital of Austin. Obama also carried El Paso County, which contains the city of El Paso, due in large part to heavy support by Hispanics. Obama also carried many of the Latino-majority counties in the Rio Grande Valley along the border with Mexico, which have strongly supported Democrats for decades.

During the same election, incumbent Republican U.S. Senator John Cornyn was reelected with 54.82 percent and defeated Democrat Rick Noriega who took in 42.84 percent. Libertarian Yvonne Adams Schick received the remaining 2.34 percent. Republicans also knocked off a Democratic incumbent from Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives. At the state level, however, Democrats picked up three seats in the Texas House of Representatives and one seat in the Texas Senate.

Obama improved on Kerry's performance in Texas by 5%.

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in Texas, 2008
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican John McCain Sarah Palin 4,479,328 55.39% 34
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 3,528,633 43.63% 0
Libertarian Bob Barr Wayne Allyn Root 56,116 0.69% 0
Write-ins Write-ins Write-ins 9,373 0.12% 0
Independent Ralph Nader Matt Gonzalez 5,751 0.07% 0
Constitution Chuck Baldwin Darrell Castle 5,708 0.07% 0
Others Others Others 1,134 0.01% 0
Green Cynthia McKinney Rosa Clemente 909 0.01% 0
Totals 8,086,952 100.00% 34
Voter turnout (Voting age population) 46.8%

Results breakdown[edit]

By county[edit]

County McCain% McCain# Obama% Obama# Others% Others Total
Anderson 71.4% 11,884 27.8% 4,630 0.8% 141 16,655
Andrews 82.4% 3,816 17.1% 790 0.5% 23 4,629
Angelina 67.1% 19,569 32.2% 9,379 0.7% 205 29,153
Aransas 68.4% 6,693 30.7% 3,006 0.8% 79 9,778
Archer 82.4% 3,595 17.0% 740 0.7% 30 4,365
Armstrong 86.5% 856 12.9% 128 0.6% 6 990
Atascosa 55.0% 5,462 44.4% 4,415 0.6% 61 9,938
Austin 75.0% 8,786 24.1% 2,821 1.0% 114 11,721
Bailey 69.9% 1,618 29.4% 682 0.7% 16 2,316
Bandera 74.6% 6,935 24.2% 2,250 1.2% 112 9,297
Bastrop 53.3% 13,817 45.1% 11,687 1.6% 414 25,918
Baylor 76.8% 1,262 22.3% 366 0.9% 15 1,643
Bee 54.8% 4,471 44.7% 3,645 0.5% 41 8,157
Bell 54.5% 49,242 44.7% 40,413 0.8% 679 90,334
Bexar 46.8% 246,275 52.4% 275,527 0.7% 3,913 525,715
Blanco 69.2% 3,418 29.7% 1,467 1.1% 54 4,939
Borden 87.5% 316 11.1% 40 1.4% 5 361
Bosque 75.4% 5,762 23.5% 1,797 1.1% 87 7,646
Bowie 68.7% 24,162 30.7% 10,815 0.6% 209 35,186
Brazoria 64.3% 67,515 34.8% 36,480 0.9% 945 104,940
Brazos 63.9% 37,465 34.9% 20,502 1.2% 706 58,673
Brewster 47.6% 1,855 50.5% 1,970 1.9% 75 3,900
Briscoe 74.3% 617 24.7% 205 1.0% 8 830
Brooks 24.1% 556 75.7% 1,747 0.3% 6 2,309
Brown 80.3% 12,052 18.8% 2,822 0.9% 141 15,015
Burleson 68.2% 4,547 30.8% 2,053 1.0% 65 6,665
Burnet 71.4% 12,059 27.3% 4,608 1.3% 226 16,893
Caldwell 52.4% 6,107 46.4% 5,403 1.2% 138 11,648
Calhoun 59.7% 4,106 39.7% 2,729 0.6% 44 6,879
Callahan 80.3% 4,589 18.6% 1,063 1.1% 64 5,716
Cameron 35.3% 26,671 64.1% 48,480 0.7% 506 75,657
Camp 61.3% 2,798 38.0% 1,734 0.8% 35 4,567
Carson 85.5% 2,548 13.6% 406 0.9% 26 2,980
Cass 69.9% 8,279 29.5% 3,490 0.7% 77 11,846
Castro 68.2% 1,562 31.4% 719 0.4% 10 2,291
Chambers 75.1% 9,988 24.0% 3,188 0.9% 116 13,292
Cherokee 71.2% 11,695 28.1% 4,610 0.7% 112 16,417
Childress 77.6% 1,782 21.6% 497 0.7% 17 2,296
Clay 78.9% 4,213 20.3% 1,085 0.8% 41 5,339
Cochran 71.7% 758 26.9% 284 1.4% 15 1,057
Coke 79.8% 1,252 19.1% 299 1.1% 18 1,569
Coleman 81.3% 3,011 17.4% 643 1.3% 48 3,702
Collin 62.3% 184,897 36.8% 109,047 0.9% 2,639 296,583
Collingsworth 78.9% 943 19.6% 234 1.5% 18 1,195
Colorado 69.4% 5,795 30.0% 2,508 0.6% 50 8,353
Comal 73.2% 35,233 25.7% 12,384 1.1% 541 48,158
Comanche 73.1% 3,813 25.6% 1,334 1.3% 70 5,217
Concho 74.9% 807 23.9% 257 1.2% 13 1,077
Cooke 79.0% 11,871 20.3% 3,051 0.7% 110 15,032
Coryell 63.0% 11,550 36.1% 6,619 0.9% 163 18,332
Cottle 72.2% 509 26.5% 187 1.3% 9 705
Crane 77.0% 1,119 21.9% 319 1.1% 16 1,454
Crockett 66.4% 1,026 33.1% 512 0.5% 7 1,545
Crosby 63.8% 1,221 35.7% 684 0.5% 9 1,914
Culberson 33.9% 257 64.8% 492 1.3% 10 759
Dallam 79.9% 1,269 19.0% 302 1.1% 18 1,589
Dallas 42.0% 310,000 57.3% 422,989 0.7% 5,474 738,463
Dawson 70.9% 2,906 28.1% 1,152 0.9% 38 4,096
Deaf Smith 73.1% 3,466 26.3% 1,247 0.7% 31 4,744
Delta 72.2% 1,580 26.9% 589 0.8% 18 2,187
Denton 61.6% 149,935 37.5% 91,160 0.9% 2,168 243,263
DeWitt 73.8% 4,888 25.9% 1,716 0.3% 22 6,626
Dickens 75.1% 730 24.1% 234 0.8% 8 972
Dimmit 24.4% 874 75.0% 2,692 0.6% 21 3,587
Donley 81.3% 1,374 17.2% 291 1.5% 25 1,690
Duval 24.4% 1,076 74.8% 3,298 0.8% 35 4,409
Eastland 79.4% 5,165 19.5% 1,271 1.1% 73 6,509
Ector 73.6% 26,199 25.6% 9,123 0.8% 284 35,606
Edwards 65.0% 673 33.4% 346 1.5% 16 1,035
El Paso 33.4% 61,783 65.9% 122,021 0.8% 1,429 185,233
Ellis 70.7% 38,078 28.5% 15,333 0.8% 442 53,853
Erath 76.8% 10,768 22.3% 3,128 0.9% 123 14,019
Falls 59.4% 3,328 39.7% 2,225 0.8% 46 5,599
Fannin 69.2% 8,092 29.6% 3,464 1.2% 138 11,694
Fayette 70.8% 7,582 28.1% 3,014 1.1% 118 10,714
Fisher 60.7% 1,083 38.5% 687 0.8% 14 1,784
Floyd 70.8% 1,784 29.0% 730 0.3% 7 2,521
Foard 60.8% 327 36.8% 198 2.4% 13 538
Fort Bend 50.9% 103,206 48.5% 98,368 0.6% 1,248 202,822
Franklin 75.5% 3,392 23.1% 1,036 1.4% 63 4,491
Freestone 71.4% 5,205 27.9% 2,034 0.7% 49 7,288
Frio 40.5% 1,644 59.2% 2,405 0.3% 13 4,062
Gaines 83.2% 3,385 16.0% 650 0.8% 32 4,067
Galveston 59.3% 62,258 39.8% 41,805 0.9% 941 105,004
Garza 77.5% 1,356 21.4% 375 1.1% 19 1,750
Gillespie 77.5% 9,563 20.9% 2,576 1.6% 199 12,338
Glasscock 90.1% 502 9.3% 52 0.5% 3 557
Goliad 62.9% 2,298 36.4% 1,329 0.8% 28 3,655
Gonzales 64.8% 4,076 34.5% 2,167 0.7% 44 6,287
Gray 85.1% 6,924 14.2% 1,153 0.7% 56 8,133
Grayson 68.5% 31,136 30.6% 13,900 1.0% 441 45,477
Gregg 68.5% 29,203 30.9% 13,166 0.6% 241 42,610
Grimes 66.8% 5,562 32.5% 2,704 0.7% 56 8,322
Guadalupe 65.0% 30,869 34.0% 16,156 0.9% 436 47,461
Hale 72.1% 7,171 27.2% 2,708 0.6% 64 9,943
Hall 73.6% 930 25.6% 324 0.8% 10 1,264
Hamilton 76.1% 2,876 22.8% 863 1.0% 39 3,778
Hansford 87.9% 1,847 11.4% 240 0.7% 15 2,102
Hardeman 75.2% 1,199 23.4% 373 1.4% 23 1,595
Hardin 80.2% 16,603 19.0% 3,939 0.8% 160 20,702
Harris 48.8% 571,883 50.5% 590,982 0.7% 8,607 1,171,472
Harrison 65.4% 17,103 34.0% 8,887 0.6% 168 26,158
Hartley 86.2% 1,711 12.6% 250 1.2% 24 1,985
Haskell 65.6% 1,388 33.0% 699 1.4% 29 2,116
Hays 50.2% 29,638 48.1% 28,431 1.7% 983 59,052
Hemphill 85.7% 1,345 13.8% 216 0.6% 9 1,570
Henderson 71.9% 20,857 27.3% 7,913 0.8% 223 28,993
Hidalgo 30.3% 39,668 69.0% 90,261 0.7% 855 130,784
Hill 70.2% 9,264 28.9% 3,811 0.9% 113 13,188
Hockley 75.8% 5,795 23.5% 1,797 0.7% 53 7,645
Hood 76.6% 17,299 22.5% 5,087 0.9% 210 22,596
Hopkins 72.0% 9,299 27.3% 3,530 0.7% 90 12,919
Houston 68.1% 5,872 30.8% 2,656 1.1% 96 8,624
Howard 72.5% 7,029 26.3% 2,545 1.2% 115 9,689
Hudspeth 51.0% 458 47.9% 430 1.1% 10 898
Hunt 69.7% 20,573 29.1% 8,594 1.2% 357 29,524
Hutchinson 84.0% 7,361 15.1% 1,322 0.9% 78 8,761
Irion 78.8% 644 20.1% 164 1.1% 9 817
Jack 83.6% 2,528 15.5% 470 0.8% 25 3,023
Jackson 73.6% 3,723 25.7% 1,301 0.7% 33 5,057
Jasper 70.6% 9,022 28.6% 3,658 0.8% 96 12,776
Jeff Davis 60.6% 749 37.9% 468 1.5% 19 1,236
Jefferson 48.6% 42,905 50.8% 44,888 0.6% 503 88,296
Jim Hogg 26.0% 472 73.6% 1,336 0.4% 7 1,815
Jim Wells 41.7% 4,841 57.8% 6,706 0.6% 65 11,612
Johnson 73.3% 36,685 25.8% 12,912 0.9% 453 50,050
Jones 72.4% 4,203 26.3% 1,528 1.3% 77 5,808
Karnes 60.4% 2,736 38.9% 1,760 0.7% 31 4,527
Kaufman 67.5% 23,735 31.8% 11,161 0.7% 249 35,145
Kendall 77.5% 12,971 21.5% 3,599 1.1% 176 16,746
Kenedy 46.5% 94 53.5% 108 0.0% 0 202
Kent 76.3% 342 22.1% 99 1.6% 7 448
Kerr 74.3% 16,752 24.7% 5,570 1.0% 234 22,556
Kimble 80.7% 1,487 18.6% 342 0.8% 14 1,843
King 92.6% 151 4.9% 8 2.5% 4 163
Kinney 58.5% 907 40.8% 633 0.7% 11 1,551
Kleberg 46.0% 4,540 53.2% 5,256 0.8% 80 9,876
Knox 72.1% 986 26.8% 367 1.1% 15 1,368
Lamar 70.5% 12,952 28.6% 5,243 0.9% 167 18,362
Lamb 73.9% 3,344 25.5% 1,156 0.6% 25 4,525
Lampasas 74.0% 5,651 24.9% 1,903 1.0% 80 7,634
La Salle 40.2% 714 59.2% 1,052 0.6% 10 1,776
Lavaca 76.5% 6,293 22.7% 1,869 0.7% 61 8,223
Lee 67.6% 4,312 31.4% 2,000 1.0% 65 6,377
Leon 79.1% 5,566 20.1% 1,418 0.8% 57 7,041
Liberty 71.4% 15,448 27.7% 5,991 0.9% 187 21,626
Limestone 66.4% 5,079 32.9% 2,516 0.7% 57 7,652
Lipscomb 87.0% 1,093 12.3% 155 0.6% 8 1,256
Live Oak 74.1% 3,095 25.1% 1,048 0.8% 33 4,176
Llano 75.6% 7,281 23.4% 2,250 1.0% 98 9,629
Loving 84.8% 67 15.2% 12 0.0% 0 79
Lubbock 68.0% 66,304 31.3% 30,486 0.8% 744 97,534
Lynn 69.6% 1,473 29.6% 627 0.8% 16 2,116
Madison 71.0% 2,891 28.1% 1,146 0.9% 37 4,074
Marion 60.4% 2,567 38.7% 1,644 1.0% 41 4,252
Martin 81.0% 1,389 18.3% 314 0.7% 12 1,715
Mason 72.8% 1,544 25.7% 546 1.5% 31 2,121
Matagorda 63.3% 7,835 35.9% 4,440 0.8% 98 12,373
Maverick 21.2% 2,316 78.2% 8,554 0.6% 69 10,939
McCulloch 75.2% 2,263 24.2% 728 0.6% 19 3,010
Mclennan 61.6% 49,044 37.7% 29,998 0.8% 632 79,674
McMullen 74.5% 400 24.6% 132 0.9% 5 537
Medina 66.6% 10,480 32.7% 5,147 0.7% 110 15,737
Menard 69.9% 712 29.0% 295 1.1% 11 1,018
Midland 78.2% 36,155 21.0% 9,691 0.8% 370 46,216
Milam 62.4% 5,217 36.4% 3,044 1.1% 96 8,357
Mills 80.5% 1,753 18.3% 398 1.2% 26 2,177
Mitchell 74.7% 1,815 24.1% 586 1.2% 30 2,431
Montague 78.6% 6,245 20.1% 1,597 1.4% 108 7,950
Montgomery 75.9% 119,884 23.3% 36,703 0.8% 1,260 157,847
Moore 78.8% 4,282 20.7% 1,123 0.6% 32 5,437
Morris 60.2% 3,158 39.2% 2,055 0.7% 35 5,248
Motley 87.9% 522 11.3% 67 0.8% 5 594
Nacogdoches 63.4% 14,828 35.9% 8,393 0.7% 170 23,391
Navarro 66.2% 10,810 33.1% 5,400 0.7% 111 16,321
Newton 65.5% 3,446 33.3% 1,751 1.2% 63 5,260
Nolan 68.8% 3,485 30.0% 1,521 1.1% 57 5,063
Nueces 51.8% 52,391 47.3% 47,912 0.9% 927 101,230
Ochiltree 91.7% 2,851 7.8% 243 0.5% 15 3,109
Oldham 88.4% 813 11.1% 102 0.5% 5 920
Orange 73.1% 21,509 26.0% 7,646 0.9% 251 29,406
Palo Pinto 73.4% 7,264 25.3% 2,499 1.3% 127 9,890
Panola 74.2% 7,582 25.3% 2,586 0.5% 48 10,216
Parker 77.1% 36,974 21.9% 10,502 1.0% 475 47,951
Parmer 80.0% 2,969 19.4% 719 0.7% 25 3,713
Pecos 61.8% 2,480 36.8% 1,476 1.3% 54 4,010
Polk 68.1% 13,731 30.9% 6,230 0.9% 188 20,149
Potter 69.2% 20,761 29.8% 8,939 1.0% 313 30,013
Presidio 27.8% 489 71.3% 1,252 0.9% 16 1,757
Rains 74.3% 3,146 24.7% 1,048 1.0% 42 4,236
Randall 80.9% 41,948 18.3% 9,468 0.8% 416 51,832
Reagan 80.0% 795 19.8% 197 0.2% 2 994
Real 76.0% 1,238 23.0% 375 0.9% 15 1,628
Red River 68.5% 3,461 30.5% 1,539 1.0% 52 5,052
Reeves 47.0% 1,445 52.2% 1,606 0.8% 26 3,077
Refugio 56.9% 1,855 42.4% 1,382 0.7% 24 3,261
Roberts 92.1% 477 7.9% 41 0.0% 0 518
Robertson 59.3% 3,980 39.9% 2,675 0.8% 55 6,710
Rockwall 72.7% 23,300 26.5% 8,492 0.9% 274 32,066
Runnels 80.6% 3,118 18.6% 720 0.7% 29 3,867
Rusk 72.9% 13,646 26.6% 4,983 0.5% 93 18,722
Sabine 76.9% 3,749 22.1% 1,077 1.0% 48 4,874
San Augustine 63.0% 2,342 35.7% 1,328 1.2% 45 3,715
San Jacinto 68.7% 6,151 30.4% 2,721 1.0% 86 8,958
San Patricio 58.0% 12,404 41.4% 8,854 0.6% 138 21,396
San Saba 79.0% 1,941 19.8% 487 1.2% 29 2,457
Schleicher 74.4% 970 24.8% 324 0.8% 10 1,304
Scurry 79.3% 4,414 19.5% 1,088 1.2% 67 5,569
Shackelford 85.3% 1,284 13.8% 208 0.9% 13 1,505
Shelby 71.9% 6,630 27.6% 2,548 0.5% 42 9,220
Sherman 86.7% 884 12.5% 127 0.9% 9 1,020
Smith 69.4% 55,187 29.8% 23,726 0.8% 648 79,561
Somervell 75.8% 2,677 22.6% 799 1.6% 57 3,533
Starr 15.2% 1,492 84.5% 8,274 0.3% 26 9,792
Stephens 81.4% 2,869 17.8% 626 0.9% 31 3,526
Sterling 84.0% 520 15.7% 97 0.3% 2 619
Stonewall 71.3% 524 28.0% 206 0.7% 5 735
Sutton 75.3% 1,189 24.1% 381 0.5% 8 1,578
Swisher 66.4% 1,683 32.1% 813 1.5% 39 2,535
Tarrant 55.4% 348,420 43.7% 274,880 0.8% 5,253 628,553
Taylor 72.3% 34,317 26.8% 12,690 0.9% 432 47,439
Terrell 62.2% 323 35.8% 186 1.9% 10 519
Terry 67.3% 2,879 32.2% 1,379 0.5% 22 4,280
Throckmorton 80.1% 671 19.8% 166 0.1% 1 838
Titus 65.2% 6,028 34.0% 3,145 0.8% 72 9,245
Tom Green 70.4% 27,362 28.7% 11,158 0.9% 341 38,861
Travis 34.4% 136,981 63.9% 254,017 1.7% 6,716 397,714
Trinity 67.4% 4,095 31.7% 1,925 0.9% 57 6,077
Tyler 71.4% 5,644 27.4% 2,166 1.3% 100 7,910
Upshur 74.0% 11,222 25.0% 3,790 1.0% 152 15,164
Upton 75.0% 898 24.1% 288 0.9% 11 1,197
Uvalde 52.4% 4,590 47.1% 4,126 0.6% 50 8,766
Val Verde 44.9% 5,752 54.5% 6,982 0.7% 86 12,820
Van Zandt 77.1% 15,734 22.1% 4,505 0.8% 156 20,395
Victoria 66.4% 19,878 32.8% 9,832 0.7% 221 29,931
Walker 60.7% 11,623 38.3% 7,334 1.0% 189 19,146
Waller 53.3% 8,265 46.1% 7,153 0.6% 90 15,508
Ward 74.0% 2,667 25.0% 899 1.0% 36 3,602
Washington 70.8% 10,176 28.1% 4,034 1.2% 167 14,377
Webb 28.0% 13,119 71.4% 33,452 0.5% 250 46,821
Wharton 65.4% 9,431 34.2% 4,937 0.3% 50 14,418
Wheeler 85.4% 1,918 14.0% 314 0.6% 13 2,245
Wichita 69.0% 31,731 30.2% 13,868 0.8% 383 45,982
Wilbarger 72.8% 3,283 26.5% 1,196 0.7% 30 4,509
Willacy 29.7% 1,456 69.5% 3,409 0.8% 38 4,903
Williamson 55.8% 88,323 42.7% 67,691 1.5% 2,389 158,403
Wilson 66.6% 10,904 32.8% 5,362 0.6% 100 16,366
Winkler 75.2% 1,529 23.5% 477 1.3% 26 2,032
Wise 77.4% 15,973 21.7% 4,471 0.9% 195 20,639
Wood 76.8% 13,658 22.5% 4,010 0.7% 116 17,784
Yoakum 80.9% 1,989 18.3% 450 0.8% 19 2,458
Young 81.3% 5,942 17.8% 1,303 0.8% 60 7,305
Zapata 32.1% 919 67.7% 1,939 0.3% 8 2,866
Zavala 15.4% 596 84.2% 3,263 0.4% 17 3,876

By congressional district[edit]

John McCain carried 21 of the state's 32 congressional districts, including one district held by a Democrat.

District McCain Obama Representative
1st 68.93% 30.53% Louie Gohmert
2nd 59.75% 39.69% Ted Poe
3rd 57.58% 41.73% Sam Johnson
4th 69.10% 30.17% Ralph Hall
5th 63.33% 36.05% Jeb Hensarling
6th 59.77% 39.59% Joe Barton
7th 58.36% 40.94% John Culberson
8th 73.76% 25.53% Kevin Brady
9th 22.54% 77.08% Al Green
10th 54.96% 44.18% Michael McCaul
11th 75.47% 23.75% Mike Conaway
12th 62.90% 36.36% Kay Granger
13th 76.54% 22.71% Mac Thornberry
14th 66.27% 33.08% Ron Paul
15th 39.63% 59.82% Rubén Hinojosa
16th 33.57% 65.81% Silvestre Reyes
17th 67.21% 32.02% Chet Edwards
18th 22.19% 77.37% Sheila Jackson Lee
19th 71.93% 27.36% Randy Neugebauer
20th 35.65% 63.59% Charlie Gonzalez
21st 58.49% 40.71% Lamar S. Smith
22nd 58.23% 41.14% Nick Lampson (110th Congress)
Pete Olson (111th Congress)
23rd 48% 51% Ciro Rodriguez
24th 54.96% 44.37% Kenny Marchant
25th 39.71% 59.15% Lloyd Doggett
26th 58.00% 41.33% Michael C. Burgess
27th 45.98% 53.32% Solomon Ortiz
28th 43.53% 55.93% Henry Cuellar
29th 37.73% 61.65% Gene Green
30th 17.92% 81.69% Eddie Bernice Johnson
31st 57.51% 41.53% John Carter
32nd 53.03% 46.21% Pete Sessions

Electors[edit]

Technically the voters of Texas cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. Texas is allocated 34 electors because it has 32 congressional districts and 2 senators. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of 34 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 34 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.[25] 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 34 were pledged to John McCain and Sarah Palin:[26][27][28]

  1. Marcia Daughtrey
  2. Virgil Vickery
  3. Charlie O'Reilly
  4. Brenda Zielke
  5. Mary Darby
  6. Melba McDow
  7. Paul Pressler
  8. Deborah Cupples
  9. Frank Alvarez
  10. Russ Duerstine
  11. Zan Prince
  12. Bruce Harris
  13. Gordon Starkenburg
  14. Sandra Cararas
  15. Donene O'Dell
  16. Larry Lovelace
  17. Nelda Eppes
  18. Kenneth Corbin
  19. Gene Ryder
  20. Robert Hierynomus
  21. Terese Raia
  22. Arturo Martinez de Vara
  23. Thomas Ferguson
  24. Robert Long
  25. Pat Peale
  26. Joel Yowell
  27. Judith Hooge
  28. Giovanna Searcy
  29. Patricia Ann Van Winkle
  30. Ronny Risinger
  31. Frank Eikenburg
  32. Genny Hensz
  33. Talmadge Heflin

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