2008 election results: Romney/Thune: 326 electoral votes 51.95% of the popular vote Kerry/Edwards: 212 electoral votes 46.53% of the popular vote Incumbent President: John Forbes Kerry President-Elect: Willard Mitt Romney The 2008 election, as expected, was a resounding rejection of President Kerry. The financial crisis, Iraq, Katrina, gas prices, congressional gridlock, all these ensured that John Kerry would not be able to enjoy a successful presidency. That was along with the October Surprise, when in mid-October 2008 Vice-President Edwards was revealed to have cheated on his cancer-stricken wife Elizabeth Edwards with a White House intern, and the intern was revealed to be pregnant. The last few weeks of the campaign saw the last hope of the Democrats be crushed in the Edwards scandal. The election saw turnout decrease from 2004 to 59.5%. Voters expressed a strong dislike and anger at their politicians and government. The election was a rejection of Kerry, whose approval ratings languished in the mid-30s as the economy rapidly went into freefall and the civil war in Iraq spread to violence in Syria and Iranian troops were reported to be in Iraq. The only surprising thing was that the rejection was not even bigger. In the Senate the seat count remained the same with 58 Republicans, 41 Democrats and 1 Independent. In Arkansas, former Governor Mike Huckabee brought down sitting Democrat Senator Mark Pryor, and Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu was also taken down. The Republicans dominated the governorships, with 33 Republican governors to 17 Democrats. In the House 249 seats went to the Republicans, a gain of 9 seats from in 2006, giving the party huge-but not filibuster proof- congressional majorities. Still, with the nation facing the worst financial crisis since the Great depression the Republicans did not have much to celebrate. President-Elect Romney and his team could only hope that this was not another 2004, an election they'd have been best to lose. They would soon find out.