United States presidential election in California, 1988

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United States presidential election in California, 1988
California
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November 8, 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 47 0
Popular vote 5,054,917 4,702,233
Percentage 51.13% 47.56%

California Presidential Election Results by County, 1988.svg

County Results
  Dukakis—70-80%
  Dukakis—60-70%
  Dukakis—50-60%
  Bush—<50%
  Bush—50-60%
  Bush—60-70%

President before election

Ronald Reagan
Republican

Elected President

George H. W. Bush
Republican

Michael Dukakis at campaign rally in UCLA's Pauley Pavilion, the night before the US presidential election of 1988.

The 1988 United States presidential election in California took place on November 8, 1988 throughout all 50 states and D.C., which was part of the 1988 United States presidential election. Voters chose 47 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

California narrowly voted for the Republican nominee, Vice President George H. W. Bush, over the Democratic nominee, Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis. Bush won 44 of the state’s 58 counties, but the election was kept close by Dukakis’ strong performance in the Bay Area and his victory in Los Angeles, the state’s most populated county. Also, Dukakis won at least 31% of the vote in every county and at least 40% in 40 of them.

As of 2013, this is the last time that the state of California has gone for the Republican candidate in a presidential election. Bush is the last Republican to carry the following counties in a presidential election: Imperial, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito and Santa Barbara, and the last Republican to win any county in the Bay Area (Napa). Bush is also the last candidate from either party to carry California without winning Los Angeles County.

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in California, 1988[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican George H. W. Bush 5,054,917 51.13% 47
Democratic Michael Dukakis 4,702,233 47.56% 0
Libertarian Ron Paul 70,105 0.71% 0
Independent Lenora Fulani 31,180 0.32% 0
American Independent James Griffen 27,818 0.28% 0
No party David Duke (write-in) 483 0.00% 0
No party Eugene McCarthy (write-in) 234 0.00% 0
No party Herbert G. Lewin (write-in) 58 0.00% 0
No party Write-in 25 0.00% 0
No party Larry Holmes (write-in) 11 0.00% 0
Invalid or blank votes
Totals 9,887,064 100.00% 47
Voter turnout

Results Breakdown[edit]

By county[edit]

County Bush Votes Dukakis Votes Others Votes
Orange 67.75% 586,230 31.09% 269,013 1.16% 10,064
Sutter 67.47% 14,100 31.09% 6,557 1.15% 241
Inyo 64.34% 5,042 33.85% 2,653 1.81% 142
Modoc 62.68% 2,518 35.25% 1,416 2.07% 83
Glenn 62.06% 4,944 36.33% 2,894 1.61% 128
Ventura 61.64% 147,604 37.19% 89,065 1.17% 2,804
Kern 61.48% 90,550 37.40% 55,083 1.13% 1,660
Mono 61.38% 2,177 36.20% 1,284 2.42% 86
Yuba 61.37% 8,937 37.38% 5,444 1.25% 182
San Diego 60.19% 523,143 38.34% 333,264 1.47% 12,788
San Bernardino 59.99% 235,167 38.55% 151,118 1.46% 5,723
Tulare 59.61% 46,891 39.04% 30,711 1.36% 1,067
Placer 59.59% 42,096 38.95% 27,516 1.46% 1,030
Colusa 59.49% 3,077 39.10% 2,022 1.41% 73
Riverside 59.46% 199,979 39.58% 133,122 0.97% 3,247
Shasta 59.36% 32,402 38.79% 21,171 1.85% 1,012
El Dorado 59.33% 30,021 39.13% 19,801 1.54% 781
Lassen 58.59% 5,157 39.15% 3,446 2.26% 199
Nevada 57.76% 21,383 40.46% 14,980 1.78% 660
Tehama 56.52% 9,854 41.37% 7,213 2.11% 367
Kings 56.41% 12,118 42.56% 9,142 1.03% 222
Calaveras 56.28% 7,640 41.80% 5,674 1.92% 260
Butte 56.04% 40,143 42.45% 30,406 1.51% 1,082
Amador 55.87% 6,893 42.12% 5,197 2.01% 248
San Luis Obispo 55.85% 46,613 42.73% 35,667 1.42% 1,187
Alpine 55.43% 306 41.67% 230 2.90% 16
Imperial 55.16% 12,889 43.84% 10,243 1.00% 233
Trinity 54.63% 3,267 42.11% 2,518 3.26% 195
Madera 54.59% 13,255 43.83% 10,642 1.58% 384
Mariposa 54.53% 3,768 43.39% 2,998 2.08% 144
San Joaquin 54.39% 75,309 44.56% 61,699 1.04% 1,445
Santa Barbara 54.24% 77,524 44.48% 63,586 1.28% 1,830
San Benito 54.11% 5,578 44.23% 4,559 1.66% 171
Tuolumne 54.00% 10,646 44.22% 8,717 1.79% 352
Stanislaus 53.07% 51,648 45.92% 44,685 1.01% 982
Merced 51.20% 21,717 47.40% 20,105 1.40% 592
Plumas 51.06% 4,603 47.15% 4,251 1.79% 161
Sacramento 51.01% 201,832 47.65% 188,557 1.34% 5,301
Siskiyou 50.88% 9,056 47.00% 8,365 2.11% 376
Sierra 50.71% 860 46.64% 791 2.65% 45
Napa 50.19% 23,235 48.14% 22,283 1.67% 772
Fresno 49.95% 94,835 48.79% 92,635 1.26% 2,400
Monterey 49.83% 50,022 48.81% 48,998 1.36% 1,361
Del Norte 49.73% 3,714 48.03% 3,587 2.24% 167
Lake 48.03% 9,366 50.39% 9,828 1.58% 308
Contra Costa 47.86% 158,652 51.10% 169,411 1.04% 3,448
Solano 47.43% 50,314 51.23% 54,344 1.35% 1,430
Santa Clara 46.99% 254,442 51.30% 277,810 1.71% 9,276
Los Angeles 46.88% 1,239,716 51.89% 1,372,352 1.23% 32,603
San Mateo 42.94% 109,261 55.74% 141,859 1.32% 3,360
Mendocino 41.94% 12,979 55.42% 17,152 2.64% 816
Sonoma 41.91% 67,725 56.48% 91,262 1.61% 2,596
Yolo 41.89% 22,358 57.01% 30,429 1.10% 585
Humboldt 41.15% 21,460 57.11% 29,781 1.74% 905
Marin 39.73% 46,855 58.85% 69,394 1.42% 1,671
Santa Cruz 36.77% 37,728 61.53% 63,133 1.71% 1,750
Alameda 33.99% 162,815 64.78% 310,283 1.23% 5,899
San Francisco 26.14% 72,503 72.78% 201,887 1.08% 3,004

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1988 Presidential General Election Results - California". Dave Leip's U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 

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