1988 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

1988 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

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  1988 Dukakis.jpg 1988 Bush.jpg
Nominee Michael Dukakis George H.W. Bush
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Massachusetts Texas
Running mate Lloyd Bentsen Dan Quayle
Electoral vote 13 0
Popular vote 1,401,406 1,194,644
Percentage 53.23% 45.38%

Massachusetts Election Results by County, 1988.svg
County Results

President before election

Ronald Reagan

Elected President

George H. W. Bush

The 1988 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 8, 1988, as part of the 1988 United States presidential election, which was held throughout all 50 states and D.C. Voters chose 13 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Massachusetts voted for Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis, the state's own governor, over Republican Vice President George H. W. Bush. The Commonwealth was both candidates' birth state.

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 secular liberal New 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.


1988 United States presidential election in Massachusetts[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Michael Dukakis 1,401,406 53.23% 13
Republican George H. W. Bush 1,194,644 45.38% 0
Libertarian Ron Paul 24,251 0.92% 0
New Alliance Lenora Fulani 9,561 0.36% 0
Write-ins Write-ins 2,910 0.11% 0
Prohibition (Write-in) Earl Dodge 18 0.00% 0
Socialist (Write-in) Willa Kenoyer 15 0.00% 0
Totals 2,632,805 100.00% 13
Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered) 58%/80%

Results by municipality[edit]

Results by town. Blue indicates towns carried by Michael Dukakis, red indicates towns carried by George H.W. Bush


  1. ^ "1988 Presidential General Election Results - Massachusetts". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-02-07.

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