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The 2008 united states presidential election was the 56th quadrennial presidential election, held on tuesday, november 4, 2008. Senator from delaware, defeated the republican ticket of john mccain, the senior senator from arizona, and sarah palin, the governor of alaska. part 1 of cnn hd live coverage of election night 2008 (november 4), beginning at 1036 pm est, including the announcement of senator barack obama winning, se. Londons times online reports that barack obama sought out gay episcopal bishop gene robinson three times during his run for president. Dozens of states had ballot measures on same-sex marriage during the midterm elections in 2006, and the issue looks to heat up again as candidates campaign for 2008. Washington -- republicans made significant inroads among gay and lesbian voters in the midterm elections, with national exit polls for the house races showing that the gop captured 31 percent of the vote of this group this year, compared to 19 percent in 2008. Even though opponents of gay marriage in california vow to fight ona measure to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage is likely to be on the ballot this. president bush reacts to obamas victory in 2008 election - duration.