2008 Barack Obama

Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama waves to a sold-out crowd at the Kohl Center in Madison during a Feb. 12, 2008 campaign stop.

STEVE APPS - Wisconsin State Journal archives

Wisconsin's Democrats selected Illinois Sen. Barack Obama over former first lady and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton during a hotly contested 2008 nominating process. Obama won a surprising 58% of the Wisconsin votes, adding to his momentum on the way to securing the Democratic nomination. The 646,851 votes he received was the most by any one candidate in Wisconsin primary history. Obama would later win Wisconsin in the general election and ascend to the presidency.

Wisconsin Democratic primary election results

  • Date: Feb. 19, 2008
  • Winner: Barack Obama
  • Votes for: 646,851 (58%)
  • Runner up: Hillary Clinton (41%)

Wisconsin general election results

  • Date: Nov. 5, 2008
  • Winner: Barack Obama
  • Votes for: 1,677,211 (56%)
  • National winner: Barack Obama
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