Election Day History: 1980-2008

Past Elections

Ronald Reagan, 40th President (1981-1989)

1980

President-elect Ronald Reagan gives the thumbs-up sign in this ...

Nov. 5, 1980: President-elect Ronald Reagan gives the thumbs-up sign, as he leaves the podium after addressing supporters at his Los Angeles election headquarters. Reagan had a solid win over incumbent Jimmy Carter.

(AP Photo)

1984

Nov. 6, 1984: President Ronald Reagan gives a thumbs-up to supporters at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles as he celebrates his re-election, with first lady Nancy Reagan at his side. Reagan’s win over Walter Mondale, 525 to 13 in the electoral vote and 59 percent to 41 percent in popular votes, was unquestionably a landslide election.

(AP Photo/File)

George H.W. Bush, 41st President (1989-1993)

1988

In this Nov. 9, 1988 file photo, President-elect George H. W. ...
Nov. 9, 1988: President-elect George H. W. Bush holds his hands up to acknowledge the crowds applause, and ask them to allow him to continue his speech during his victory rally with grandson, George P. Bush, right, and son, George W. Bush, left, in Houston, Texas. Bush trounced Michael Dukakis 426-111 in the electoral vote, but the popular vote was closer, 53 percent to 46 percent.

(AP Photo/File)

Bill Clinton, 42nd President (1993-2001)

1992

President-elect Bill Clinton reaches into a crowd of supporters ...

Nov. 3, 1992: President-elect Bill Clinton reaches into a crowd of supporters as his wife Hillary and Tipper Gore, right, cheer at the Old State House in Little Rock, Arkansas, after Clinton defeated President Bush in a landslide election.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

1996

Nov. 5 1996: President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore raise their hands in front of the Old State House during an election night celebration in Little Rock, Ark., after winning a landslide re-election victory against Republican Robert Dole.

(AP Photo/David Longstreath)

George W. Bush, 43rd President (2001-2009)

2000

This is the fourth, and final, edition of the Wednesday, Nov. ...

This is the fourth, and final, edition of the Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000, issue of the Austin American-Statesman in Austin, Texas. The newspaper printed four different front pages throughout the night in order to keep up with the changing election results between presidential candidates Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore. The votes were too close to call in Florida leaving the state’s electoral votes and the entire election up in the air. After several recounts, and a court battle Al Gore finally conceded on December 13 2000. The Vice President had won the popular vote, but with Florida counted George W. Bush won the Electoral College vote and the election.  (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman)

2004

President Bush shakes hands with Vice President Dick Cheney ...

Nov. 3, 2004: President Bush shakes hands with Vice President Dick Cheney as the President’s daughter Jenna, center, looks on during a victory rally after winning reelection against the Democratic ticket, Sens. John Kerry and John Edwards, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington.

(AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

Barack Obama, 44th President (2009-)

2008

U.S. Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joseph Biden ...

November 4 2008: U.S. Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE) walks with his mother Jean (C) and his wife Jill (L) after casting their votes in the U.S. presidential election at the Tatnall School near Wilmington, Delaware. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (Reuters, USA)

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., ...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., left, and his wife Michelle, cast their votes at a polling place in Chicago, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.

Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah ...

Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin votes Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, at Wasilla City Hall in Wasilla, Alaska. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ), ...

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ), his wife Cindy (C) and his son Jack (R) drop off their ballots at their polling place in Phoenix, Arizona November 4, 2008. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (Reuters. USA)

The Obamas on Election Night

behind the scenes on election night

The shots were taken by David Katz, Mr Obama’s longtime official photographer, who was given unrivalled access to the candidate and his team Photo: DAVID KATZ

Obama wins the Presidency!

Election victory dominates world's front pages

An internet user created the montage from front pages compiled by newseum.org
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