2008 John McCain

GOP presidential hopeful Arizona Sen. John McCain speaks to a capacity crowd at the Radisson Hotel ballroom during a campaign stop in La Crosse on Feb. 16, 2008.

PETER THOMSON - La Crosse Tribune archives

Arizona Sen. John McCain had a resounding win in Wisconsin's February 2008 Republican primary, further cementing his front-runner status in what had been a wide-open race for the nomination. McCain would lose the state in the general election to Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, who went on to win the presidency.

Wisconsin Republican primary election results

  • Date: Feb. 19, 2008
  • Winner: John McCain
  • Votes for: 224,755 (55%)
  • Runner up: Mike Huckabee (37%)

Wisconsin general election results

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  • Date: Nov. 5, 2008
  • Winner: Barack Obama
  • Votes for: 1,677,211 (56%)
  • National winner: Barack Obama

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