Barack Obama won the popular vote with 62,605,967 votes at 52.33% and John McCain lost the election with 55,512,629 votes at 46.38%. Obama won the Electoral vote with 338 votes to John McCain’s 163 votes.
The Fair regression method of estimating the U.S. presidential winner accurately predicted the outcome. This supports the hypothesis that economic considerations are the most influential factor in determining presidential outcomes.
Racial bias in voting did seem to be a factor in the election, but, in this case, the bias in some non-white voters more than offset the bias in some white voters.