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Fracking in the U.S.Energy use in the U.S. Energy policy in the U.S. Environmental policyState fracking policyState environmental policyGlossary of energy termsPublic policy newsBarack Obama/Joe Biden Incumbent51.3%65,899,660332     Republican Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan 47.4%60,932,152206     Libertarian Gary Johnson/Jim Gray 1%1,275,8040     Green Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala 0.4%469,5010Total Votes128,577,117538Election results via: FEC official election results

Other candidates that appeared on the ballot received less than 0.1% of the vote. Those candidates included: Roseanne Barr, Rocky Anderson, Thomas Hoefling, Jerry Litzel, Jeff Boss, Merlin Miller, Randall Terry, Jill Reed, Richard Duncan, Andre Barnett, Chuck Baldwin, Barbara Washer, Tom Stevens, Virgil Goode, Will Christensen, Stewart Alexander, James Harris, Jim Carlson, Sheila Tittle, Peta Lindsay, Gloria La Riva, Jerry White, Dean Morstad and Jack Fellure.<173>


In 2008, Obama defeated John McCain (R), Ralph Nader (Peace and Freedom), Bob Barr (L), Chuck Baldwin (Constitution) and Cynthia McKinney (Green) in the Presidential election on November 4, 2008.

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PartyCandidateVote %VotesElectoral votes
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Barack Obama campaign contribution history
2012U.S. Presidency (Incumbent)
2004U.S. Senate (Illinois)Hillary Clinton 50.6%1,039,55579
Bernie Sanders 48.6%999,49477
Willie Wilson 0.3%6,5650
Martin O"Malley 0.3%6,1970
Larry Cohen 0.1%2,4070
Roque De La Fuente 0.1%1,8020
David Formhals 0%250
Brian O"Neill 0%20
Source: The New York Times and Illinois State Board of Elections

Delegate allocation

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Illinois had 183 delegates at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Of this total, 156 were pledged delegates. National party rules stipulated how Democratic delegates in all states were allocated. Pledged delegates were allocated to a candidate in proportion to the votes he or she received in a state"s primary or caucus. A candidate was eligible to receive a share of the state"s pledged delegates if he or she won at least 15 percent of the votes cast in the primary or caucus. There were three types of pledged Democratic delegates: congressional district delegates, at-large delegates, and party leaders and elected officials (PLEOs). Congressional district delegates were allocated proportionally based on the primary or caucus results in a given district. At-large and PLEO delegates were allocated proportionally based on statewide primary results.<191><192>

Twenty-seven party leaders and elected officials served as unpledged delegates. These delegates were not required to adhere to the results of a state"s primary or caucus.<191><193>

Obama and his wife Michelle have two girls, Malia and Sasha. They also shared the White House with their two Portuguese Water Dogs, Bo and Sunny. Obama won a Grammy Award in 2006 for the reading of his memoir The Dreams From My Father, and is an avid reader and sports fan.<194> Obama was nominated, along with actor Zack Galifianakis for an Emmy award on July 10, 2014, in the Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program category for his interview on Galifianakis" Between Two Ferns.<195> He had the White House tennis court adapted to create a full sized basketball court shortly after taking office.

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