Languages
Page last updated at 12:05 GMT, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 13:05 UK
US election: Guide to the battle



John McCain - Republican
John McCain
Barack Obama - Democrat
Barack Obama
  • Arizona senator since 1987
  • Age: 72
  • Vietnam war hero, foreign-policy hawk and "maverick" senator ready to work with Democrats on legislation.


  • Slogans: Country First; Reform, Prosperity, Peace.

    Line of attack: Barack Obama is too inexperienced, a celebrity not a real leader.

    Running mate: Sarah Palin
  • Alaska governor since November 2006
  • Age: 44
  • Illinois senator since 2005
  • Age: 47
  • Black politician with post-racial platform, a lawyer who worked with Chicago's poor, author of popular memoirs.


  • Slogan: Change we can believe in. Yes we can!

    Line of attack: McCain presidency would amount to a third term for George Bush.

    Running mate: Joe Biden
  • Delaware senator since 1973
  • Age: 65





  • Electoral College votes

    Winning post 270
    Obama - Democrat
    365
    McCain - Republican
    173
    Select from the list below to view state level results.


    FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
    Has China's housing bubble burst?
    How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
    Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

    BBC navigation

    BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

    This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

    Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific