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1988 Presidential Election


George H.W. Bush vs Michael Dukakis (November 8th, 1988)


Following the reign of Ronald Reagan, the Republicans easily maintained control for another four years in Bush's defeat of rival Dukakis.
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Photograph of George H.W. Bush
George H.W. Bush (TX)
Republican

Occupation: Politics
Running Mate: Dan Quayle
Carried Home State (Texas): Yes
Incumbent Status: No
426
Electoral Votes (270 needed to win)
40 of 50 states carried (80%)


48,886,597
Popular Vote (53.9%)
111
Electoral Votes (270 needed to win)
10 of 50 states carried (20%)


41,809,074
Popular Vote (46.1%)
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Photograph of Michael Dukakis
Michael Dukakis (MA)
Democrat

Occupation: Politics
Running Mate: Lloyd Bentsen
Carried Home State (Massachusetts): Yes
Incumbent Status: No




NOTES:
The 1988 election marked the last time the Republicans carried the state of California. The election resulted in a crushing defeat for the Democrats as the Republican Party claimed 48,886,597 Popular Votes to go along with 426 Electoral College votes.

A single Electoral College vote was attributed to the Bentsen/Dukakis ticket by a West Virginia 'Faithless Elector'.


TOTAL ELECTORAL VOTES AVAILABLE by REGION:
NORTHEAST - 113 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont)
MIDWEST - 137 (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin)
WEST - 111 (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)
SOUTH - 173 (Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia)
SPECIAL - 3 (District of Columbia)