Which Presidential Candidate is on the top ballot line in each state?

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Barack Obama has the top spot on the ballot in 15 states and the District of Columbia. John McCain has the top spot on the ballot in 14 states. Chuck Baldwin has the top spot in 6 states. Ralph Nader has the top spot in one state. Cynthia McKinney has the top spot in one state. In the other thirteen states, ballot rotation is different within different places in that state, so there is no one candidate who is always in the top spot.

Baldwin is listed first in the states that print presidential candidates on the general election ballot in alphabetical order: Hawaii, Idaho, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, and Vermont.

Nader is listed first in Oregon because a lottery determined that.

Cynthia McKinney is listed first in South Carolina because that state gives each political party an equal chance to be listed first, depending on a system of “taking turns” through the years. 2008 is the Green Party’s time to be listed first.

Obama is listed first in Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, D.C., Louisiana, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

McCain is listed first in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.

The twelve states in which the same candidate isn’t listed first in every location within that state are Alaska, Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wyoming.

4 thoughts on “Which Presidential Candidate is on the top ballot line in each state?

  1. Thomas L. Knapp

    In Missouri, I think the rule is that the party of the incumbent governor is first, which is why McCain is first.

    I made it to my polling place 10 minutes before it opened this morning — and the line had started forming at least an hour-and-a-half before that. It stretched out the door, around the lot, and down the street. I finished voting and left about 2 hours and 15 minutes later, a little after 8am. I think I was voter #220. Some elections, we don’t have that many all day.

  2. paulie cannoli Post author

    Which way does your precinct lean?

    I didn’t vote, but my parents did. They are in a heavily Republican precinct in Alabama.

    They were in and out in ten minutes.

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