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US elections 2008

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Page last updated at 10:48 GMT, Thursday, 29 January 2009
US election calendar



4 NOVEMBER


Obama elected


Barack Obama wins the presidential election with a large majority of the electoral college and becomes the first black president of the United States.



10 NOVEMBER


Barack Obama and President George W Bush


President George W Bush meets with the Barack Obama for transition talks and Laura Bush shows Michelle Obama around the White House.



1 DECEMBER


Hillary Clinton, James Jones, Barack Obama and Joe Biden


President-elect Barack Obama announces his foreign policy team, including his former rival Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.



9 DECEMBER


Looking at a ballot


The final deadline for the each of the 50 states to resolve any outstanding issues regarding election recounts, controversies or contests.


15 DECEMBER


BBC Election map


Electoral College electors meet in each state to formally cast their votes for a presidential candidate, based on the election result.


6 JANUARY


The US Capitol building


Congress meets to count the electoral votes and officially declare Barack Obama to have been elected as the next president of the United States.


20 JANUARY


Fireworks over the White House


Inauguration day, when the winner of the general election is sworn in as President of the United States and takes control of the White House.



US ELECTION AT-A-GLANCE


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