The Democratic Party chose to nominate William Jennings Bryan for his third shot at the presidency. The party strategy for the 1908 election was to support a progressive candidate, as opposed to the previous election's more conservative candidate, Parker, who lost. John Worth Kern was chosen unanimously to run as the party's vice presidential nominee.
There were forty-six states participating in the election, after Oklahoma had become a state in November 1907. In the election of 1908, the nation was divided geographically north to south, with Taft securing the northern and western states, and Bryan taking most of the South. The north's wealthy businessmen supported Taft and the Republican Party. Bryan's third loss was also his worst, as he lost the support of the laborers he had carried before.
Taft became the President of the United States. Vice President James S. Sherman died at the end of his term, on October 30, 1912, only a week before the next presidential election.
The breakdown of candidates and electoral votes was as follows:
|Presidential Candidate||Home State||Party||Electoral Votes||Running Mate|
|William Howard Taft||Ohio||Republican||321||James S. Sherman|
|William Jennings Bryan||Nebraska||Democratic||162||John Worth Kern|
|Eugene V. Debs||Indiana||Socialist||0||Benjamin Hanford|
|Eugene W. Chaflin||Illinois||Prohibition||0||Aaron Sherman Watkins|