1988 United States presidential election

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United States presidential election, 1988

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Nominee George H.W. Bush Michael Dukakis
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Texas Massachusetts
Running mate Dan Quayle Lloyd Bentsen
Electoral vote 426 111
States carried 40 10 + D.C.
Popular vote 48,886,097 41,809,074
Percentage 53.4% 38.5%

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Presidential election results map. Red denotes states won by Bush/Quayle, Blue denotes those won by Dukakis/Bentsen. Numbers indicate the number of electoral votes allotted to each state. Gray denotes won by Bentsen by a West Virginia faithless elector.

President before election

Ronald Reagan
Republican

Elected President

George H.W. Bush
Republican

This election was between Vice President George H. W. Bush (Republican) and Governor of Massachusetts Michael Dukakis (Democratic). Bush capitalized on a good economy, a stable international stage, and on President Ronald Reagan's popularity, running an aggressive campaign. Meanwhile, Dukakis's campaign suffered from several miscues, including failure to defend from Bush's attacks. This allowed Bush to win with a substantial margin of the popular vote; while winning the Electoral College by a landslide. Since the 1988 election, no candidate has managed to equal or surpass Bush's number of electoral votes won or popular vote percentage.

Vice President George H.W. Bush won the election by 426 electoral votes. Governor of Massachusetts Michael Dukakis got 111 electoral votes. Lloyd Bentsen got 1 electoral vote by a West Virginia faithless elector.

Candidates[change | change source]

Democratic Party[change | change source]

Democratic candidates:

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Republican Party[change | change source]

Republican candidates:

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References[change | change source]

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