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The Olympics are getting ready to come to a close, and a new game is getting ready to take the place of this grand sporting event. It's a game that combines the best of a marathon, the tenacity of boxing, the skill of the balance beam, and the showmanship of synchronized swimming. That's right; it's election time.
With the conventions just around the corner, the first salvo was fired today. Barack Obama has chosen his Vice-Presidential candidate and is announcing his choice in a press conference later today. Senator Joe Biden will be announced at 2 PM today at the state Capital in Springfield, Illinois.
Next week, the Democratic Convention will be held in Denver, Colorado. While that week will probably belong to the Democrats, the Republicans will be close behind them with their convention at the start of the September. Then, it is a mad rush to November 4, 2008. With the polls showing both candidates in a dead heat, it should make for an interesting election cycle.
Interesting facts about the upcoming election:
The 2008 election marks the first time since the 1928 election in which neither an incumbent president nor an incumbent vice president ran for their party's nomination in the presidential election.
It's the first time since the 1952 election that neither the incumbent President nor incumbent Vice President is a candidate in the general election.
The 2008 election is the first in which the Vice President is not a candidate for either the presidency or the vice presidency since Nelson Rockefeller in 1976.
Assuming that both of the presumptive nominees from the Democrats and the Republicans secure their nomination from their respective parties, it will be the first time in history that the two main opponents in the general election are both sitting Senators.
Either candidate would become the first president born outside the Continental United States, as Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and McCain was born at Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone, a US naval base.