Election 2008 Statistics:EV Count and Popular VotePresident Kay Bailey Hutchison / Vice President Judd Gregg - 290 EVs, 51.6%Senator John Edwards / Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. - 248 EVs, 47.2%Other - 0 EVs, 1.2%Closest States (margins)North Carolina: 0.9%Oregon: 1.2%New Mexico: 1.3%Pennsylvania: 1.6%Strongest GOP StatesUtah
71.14%28.34%Strongest Democratic StatesVermont
66.46%31.11%Rhode Island64.01%34.47%New York
On January 20, 2009, President Kay Bailey Hutchison was once again inaugurated. This time, however, the President did not take take her oath in the White House, but instead before millions on Americans in front of the beautiful Capitol Building. The monstrous crowd, which seemed to consume the entire National Mall, waved American flags and shouted with excitement. Although the cold January winter had dimmed the sunlight from the nation's capital, the President could not help but feel a warm feeling of patriotism and pride as she greeted her supporters. In her speech, the President would emphasize the importance of economic recovery and financial responsibility. Although the Democrats lost the 2008 presidential election, they made significant gains in both the House and the Senate. In the Senate, the Democrats picked up an additional three seats to bring their total to 56 seats versus the Republican's 44 seats.
Unfortunately, the President's second term would not be nearly as successful as her first term. As the economy continued to worsen, the Democrats, led by Senate Majority Leader Joe Biden, would pass several sweeping reforms. The Democrats' powerful majorities in both the House and the Senate also allowed them to initiate a Health Care reform bill that President Hutchison, along with Republicans, bitterly opposed. After months of tumultuous debate, the President finally signed an extremely watered-down version of the Democrats' Health Care legislation.
The President faced other challenges that put her to the test throughout her second term, including the failures of GM and Chrysler, the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, the conclusion of the War in Pakistan, and further economic troubles. By the end of her Presidency, President Hutchison maintained a 45% approval rating. In 2012, the Democrats would once again regain the White House and defeat the Republican ticket. As the Republicans departed the White House, voters reflected on the last time a Democrat entered the Oval Office after a Republican - the 1992 election of Bill Clinton. From there, the rest is history.