Dukakis, then the sitting Governor of Massachusetts, won his home state with 53.23% of the vote to Bush's 45.38%, a 7.85% margin of victory. This made it one of 10 states (plus the District of Columbia) to vote for Dukakis, while Bush won a convincing electoral victory nationwide.
Massachusetts was a solid 16% more Democratic than the national average in the 1988 election.
Massachusetts had been a Democratic-leaning state since 1928, and a Democratic stronghold since 1960. Although it was already a Democratic-leaning state, this would be the last time that Republicans would be at all competitive in Massachusetts, as secularliberalNew England rejected an increasingly conservative Republican Party dominated by Evangelical Christians. Not only has it continued to vote Democratic in every presidential election that followed, but no Republican since has even broken 40% in Massachusetts, or even won a single county in the state.
This was also the last time that a Republican presidential candidate won any of the state's 14 counties, namely Barnstable, Plymouth and Worcester Counties. Dukakis won 11 counties in Massachusetts to Bush's 3. Dukakis's strongest county was Suffolk County, home to the state's capital and largest city, Boston, where he took 64.02% of the vote. Bush's strongest county win was suburban Plymouth County, where he took 54.62% of the vote.
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