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The Political Machine 2008 is a turn-based U.S. presidential election campaign manager simulation, which puts players in charge of organizing and running a presidential campaign. The player can choose a series of pre-set candidates from either of the two main political parties, or they can create their own.

Winning over swing voters is the key to success

The aim of the game is to win at least 270 electoral college votes on election day, thereby winning the presidency. In order to do this, the player will send their candidate, their VP candidate, or a series of surrogates to different states throughout the country in order to increase their candidate's approval rating. Players can organize speech appearances, create advertisements, win endorsements and manage field offices - all while competing with the opposing party's candidate on a wide range of issues in a battle to win over undecided voters.

Playable Candidates


Candidate selection screen



  • Fmr. Senator Mike Gravel
  • Rep. Dennis Kucinich


The main menu



  • Fmr. Governor Mike Huckabee

Character Creation

The character creation tool

The game also features a character creation tool which allows players to create a fictional presidential candidate and edit their appearance, traits, political party and other information in an effort to become the next president of the United States.

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