j08 Campaign Button

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j08 Campaign Button

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Campaign button from Senator Rockefeller IV's 2008 re-election campaign against Republican businessman Jay Wolfe.

During the 2008 campaign, Senator Rockefeller endorsed Barack Obama for president in West Virginia. He was quoted by the Herald Dispatch on October 25, 2008, "We can win West Virginia for Barack Obama and Joe Biden; McCain has nothing to offer us". Rockefeller reportedly made this statement at a monthly Cabell County Democratic Women's Club Meeting. Rockefeller won re-election with 67.3 percent of the votes. However, Senator John McCain won West Virginia with 55.7 percent of the votes.

The Democrats gained 7 Senate seats in the 2008 election, increasing the Democratic majority to 58 Democrats and 41 Republicans. The voter turnout in the United States was 61.6 percent, the highest turnout rate since 1968. Turnout increased for the third straight general election. In West Virginia, the voter turnout was 57.9 percent, which was roughly a 3 percent increase from 2004, and over 10 percent increase from 2000.

Creator

Rockefeller, John D., IV (John Davison), 1937-

Date

2008

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Source

Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV papers, West Virginia & Regional History Center

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