The Candidates and Their Positions

US Presidential Election 2008

US Presidential Election 2008

American democracy hinges on the knowledge of the American people. With the presidential election race now upon us, it’s a good idea to learn about the details of the election process. Our Presidential Election 2008 Web Guide provides the best resources for recent election news and information, so you can be on top of your facts and figures as readily as any expert. Welcome to the fast track of U.S. presidential elections 2008. We also offer a Spanish-language version of the Guide.

The Candidates and Their Positions

With so much information available about the 2008 election, it can be difficult to stay on track and find what you’re looking for. Let findingDulcinea take you directly to the best sources of information on the 2008 presidential candidates’ backgrounds, platforms, and voting records. Stay abreast of the evolving list of contenders, and know where they stand on the issues that matter.

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  • For the latest information about the candidates, visit Election News Roundup at findingDulcinea's Beyond the Headlines.
  • The Web sites listed below offer some of the best overall candidate coverage available, as well as valuable news content and current campaign information. Once you’ve gotten the background information you need, visit these sources for daily updates.
  • Open Secrets keeps a list of all of the ongoing and terminated campaigns in the 2008 election. The list tracks candidates’ finances, but is also a good way of remembering who participated in the race.

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2008 Election Coverage

Following the election closely is an exciting challenge: developments happen so frequently that it takes a great effort to stay abreast of current election news. Plus, there’s the added challenge of staying on top of what pundits are speculating. Below you'll find both mainstream and independent sites that track details of the campaigns with up-to-the-minute information and predictions.

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  • Many of the sites you’ll see in this section have a political slant. However, we don’t endorse any of the opinions or biases on the sites we recommend.
  • If you're looking for the official Web site of a candidate, visit Ron Gunzburger's Politics 1, which lists sites for each candidate (both official and unofficial). In addition to campaign Web sites, you'll find individual sites with both positive and negative messages.

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For blogs and other media …
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2008 Election Polls

As you do current research of Election 2008, the overwhelming speculation offered by politicians and pundits can make your head spin. If you want to go straight to the hard facts yourself, visit the sites in this section of the guide. You’ll get the data that drives speculation, and can draw your own conclusions as you see fit.

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  • Polls and statistics represent ever-changing data. What you glean from these sites today might be totally different tomorrow. Check in with these sources regularly to make sure that your facts are current. Another way to enrich your research is to look back in time; see what polls were saying weeks, months, or even years ago to broaden your understanding of the general public opinion and what affects it.
  • Although only reputable organizations are represented in this guide, even the most meticulous polls are flawed. No statistic can grasp the truth; too many opinions and demographics are inevitably omitted from any controlled polling system. The truest poll is the election itself.

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Primaries 2008

Presidential primaries help determine which candidate will get his or her party's nomination. Caucuses are an important part of the primary process as well. Only a handful of states have caucuses, although the results are telling and highly anticipated. The Iowa caucus marks the beginning of the presidential primaries and the first steps towards each party’s nomination of its official candidate. Below you’ll find information on caucuses and primaries and how you can participate in the process.

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  • For the most recent primary and caucus results, as well as background information on the primary process, go to Today's Election News Roundup at findingDulcinea's Beyond the Headlines. To get more involved with politics in general, visit findingDulcinea's Getting Politically Active Web Guide.
  • If you want to track how a candidate fared in past primaries, CNN Election Center 2008 keeps a calendar that includes detailed results from any race thus far. Just go to the month of interest and click on the day of the primary for full coverage.
  • findingDulcinea’s Beyond the Headlines article, “Superdelegates Could Sway Party Nomination,” explains the role of Superdelegates in the upcoming primaries and their potential influence in deciding party nominees.

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For an overview of caucuses and primaries ...
For information about the role of party delegates …
For advice on voting in the primaries...
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Campaign Finance for the 2008 Presidential Candidates

Campaign spending is one of the biggest issues in the current political debate. This section of the guide illuminates the importance of campaign finance and shows how it applies to the progress of each of the 2008 presidential candidates. Use it to track the specific funding given to each candidate and the sources of those donations.

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  • If you want to learn a lot about a candidate, track his or her donors. Use these sites to find out who has given to a campaign, and then do some independent research on the groups or individuals who have given to each candidate. You can gain valuable insight into a candidate based on who supports him or her.
  • If you don’t want to donate money to a campaign but are interested in supporting it, you can always offer your time. Go to your candidate’s official Web site to find out how you can volunteer. Otherwise, go to Meetup to learn how you can get involved in individual campaigns through meetings and other volunteer opportunities.

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For an overview of campaign finance …
For tracking campaign finance …
For finance reform information …
For information on how you can contribute …
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