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Results & Exit Polls

See News Media Sites for comprehensive results as well as exit poll information

Gallup: Election 2008
Collection of polling results related to the 2008 U.S. presidential election, covering candidates, parties, issues, and voting.

Rasmussen Reports: 2008 Presidential Election
Compilation of polls concerning the 2008 U.S. presidential election from Rasmussen Reports, "an electronic publishing firm specializing in the collection, publication, and distribution of public opinion polling information."

Maps of the 2008 US Presidential Election Results
2008 presidential election results on population cartograms from Mark Newman, Department of Physics and Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan

This guide provides information relating to the 2008 Presidential Election and includes details about the candidates, issues, platforms, and media coverage. We hope this guide will help you make an informed decision for the 2008 general election. We will continue to update this guide, so bookmark this site and check back frequently.

Contact a librarian if you need help researching the candidates or issues!

**How to Register to Vote in Massachusetts**

**Absentee Voter Guide**
"This guide contains all the information college students need to vote by absentee ballot from school." Click on the interactive U.S. map to view absentee voting details for each state, including deadlines, dates, and contacts. Also available as a downloadable document. From the Harvard University Institute of Politics."

**State Election 2008 Information**
Includes 2008 Statewide Ballot Questions, State Primary Candidates, Public Policy Question Petitions, Massachusetts State Primary and State Election Schedule, and more.

News Media Sites | Candidate Websites | Issues | Fact Checking | Campaign Finance | Books | Articles

News Media Sites

CNN Election Center 2008 (CNN also has a student news section)
C-SPAN Politics Campaign 2008
New York Times Election Guide
NPR Election 2008
Washington Post Election 2008

CQ Poltics
Comprehensive analysis of politics and the media

Presidential Candidate Websites

John McCain - Republican
Barack Obama - Democrat

Chuck Baldwin - Constitution
Bob Barr - Libertarian
Gloria La Riva - Party for Socialism and Liberation
Cynthia McKinney - Green Party
Ralph Nader - Peace and Freedom Party


Project Vote Smart
"Tracks the performance of more than 40,000 office holders and candidates for public office. Resources include voting records, issues information, background information, campaign finances and performance evaluations made by over 100 liberal to conservative special interest groups, and other directories of political information. A great feature is the ability to type in your zip code and get back information on all your representatives, state and federal, including biographical, address, committee assignments, etc. "

On the Issues: Every Political Leader on Every Issue
"Presents positions on major issues for major federal and state offices, such as president and governor. Browse by candidate or issue, or search. In addition to opinions and quotes on issues, the site includes biographies of each candidate, charts showing the candidates' position on issues, links to candidates' websites, and election schedules."

American Public Media
APM released this "Select a Candidate" survey/game to give an informal look at where one's own beliefs stack up against the candidates seeking the US presidency. The poll is not scientific but it is a way to open the engagement process. See bottom of page to take this survey!

Fact Checking

FactCheck.org: Annenberg Political Fact Check
"This site describes itself as a nonpartisan, nonprofit, consumer advocate for voters that monitors "the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases." The site's original articles analyze and comment on political claims and statements, providing summaries and the facts. Searchable. From the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania."

"This website was created "to help voters separate fact from falsehood in the 2008 presidential campaign. Journalists and researchers from the [St. Petersburg] Times and CQ [Congressional Quarterly] will fact-check the accuracy of speeches, TV ads, interviews and other campaign communications." Searchable; or browse the site's "Truth-O-Meter" by candidate, subject, political party, and other factors. Includes related articles and in-depth features."

Campaign Finance

Campaign Money
Allows visitors to find campaign finance data; includes searching for contributions by zip code, individual name or address, and political action committees.

Common Cause
"A lobbying organization whose main goal is to make "our government more accountable to its citizens." It does not support any of the political parties, but works for government reform. Its "grassroots activists lobby lawmakers on pending legislation, write letters to the editor and op-ed pieces for their local newspapers," about various issues. The site provides full text of their studies, reports, and releases on their legislative battles."

Follow the Money
"Monitors campaign contributions by individuals, businesses, special interest groups, and industry sectors for state elections. Search the database for contributions by people or groups, view summary reports for selected states, or read analyses of specific elections and spending patterns by special interest groups. Data is not available for all states for all years. Data is supplied by government agencies within each state, and compiled by the nonpartisan, nonprofit National Institute on Money in State Politics."

Open Secrets
"An extensive review of congressional campaign fundraising issues, law, and reform. Compare campaign coffers by size and source of contributions, where money is coming from geographically, and more. Details PAC (political action committee), industry, and other special interest group contributions. You can look up individual donors (more than $200). From The Center for Responsive Politics."


Use McQuade's online catalog to find books about aspects of the United States electoral system, the history of Presidential elections, political parties, and more. McQuade Library also owns books by and about the candidates. Don't forget you can interlibrary loan books that are not found at McQuade. See our Political Science subject guide for selected reference books, as well as suggested subject headings to use when searching for books.

Election 2008 Materials at McQuade | Children's Election 2008 Materials


Academic Search Premier
Find current scholarly as well as popular articles relating to the 2008 presidential election.

CQ Researcher

Recent reports include "Race and Politics," "Campaign Finance Reform," "Political Conventions," and more.

CQ Weekly
"The CQ news team - by far the largest on Capitol Hill, with more than 100 reporters, editors and researchers - covers virtually every act of Congress, delivering nonpartisan news and analysis unavailable anywhere else. Detailed floor votes dating back to August 1983 are easily retrieved."

Full text of major 20th Century historical and economic periodicals as well asThe American Political Science Review, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and World Politics

*All annotations were taken from the Librarians' Internet Index (LII), a publicly-funded website and weekly newsletter serving California, the nation, and the world.