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Election 2008

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

1919 political cartoon

This 1919 political cartoon by Clifford K. Berryman features the Democratic donkey and the Republican elephant fishing on opposite sides of the "campaign issues pool." (Clifford K. Berryman, "The Fishin' Season." Created 1919, published 1920. From the U.S. Senate Collection, Center for Legislative Archives. More about the illustration)

Only those parties expected to field candidates on North Carolina ballots in 2008 are listed here. For additional political parties, see the list provided by Politics1.com. Wikipedia also offers a list of third party presidential candidates — although only one will appear on the North Carolina ballot.

The North Carolina State Board of Elections website provides a listing of all the candidates that will appear on North Carolina ballots, along with their party affiliations. The site also includes useful information about voter registration, local polling places, and an election calendar. A list of resources and programs includes a PDF voter guide that lists the candidates on the ballot as well as the names of qualified write-in candidates.

Party websites

Democratic Party

Republican Party

Third parties

The Libertarian Party is the only third party with candidates on the North Carolina ballot.