The United States presidential election of 2028 was the 61st quadrennial American presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 2, 2028. Democratic Party nominees Vice President Julián Castro and U.S. Senator Cory Booker from New Jersey defeated Republican Party nominees U.S. Senator Ben Sasse from Nebraska and U.S. Senator Tom Cotton. Julián Castro became the first Hispanic to ever be elected president, and Cory Booker became the first African American to be elected vice president.
The incumbent president, Joe Biden, of the Democratic Party, was ineligible to be elected to a third term due to term limits in the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution. There were several contenders in the Democratic field, but Vice President Julián Castro quickly became the frontrunner and gained enough delegates to become the Democratic nominee by May 2028. The Republican field was marked by a sharp contest between several candidates, with Senator Ben Sasse from Nebraska eventually gaining enough delegates to become the Republican nominee. The campaign focused largely on foreign policy issues, such as the Second Cold War, unrest in China, the Second Korean War, and the aftermath of the Saudi-Iranian War in the Middle East. Domestic issues were also discussed, such as the Crash of 2026, the recent implementation of universal healthcare, a ban on assault rifles for the general public, and an ongoing movement for the abolishment of the Electoral College.
Castro defeated Sasse in a landslide victory. With 394 electoral votes to Sasse's 144, he recieved the largest percentage of the popular vote for a Democrat since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. Castro's total vote count of 75.1 million was the largest number of votes ever won by a presidential candidate at the time, beating the number of his predecessor, Joe Biden. Castro became the first Hispanic ever elected president in the history of the United States, and Booker became the first vice president ever elected vice president of the United States.