United States presidential election in Delaware, 1988

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United States presidential election in Delaware, 1988
1984 ←
November 8, 1988 → 1992

  George H. W. Bush, President of the United States, official portrait.jpg Dukakis1988rally cropped.jpg
Nominee George H. W. Bush Michael Dukakis
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Texas Massachusetts
Running mate Dan Quayle Lloyd Bentsen
Electoral vote 3 0
Popular vote 139,639 108,647
Percentage 55.88% 43.48%


County Results

President before election

Ronald Reagan

Elected President

George H. W. Bush

The 1988 United States presidential election in Delaware took place on November 8, 1988. All 50 states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1988 United States presidential election. Delaware voters chose 3 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the President and Vice President.

Delaware was won by incumbent United States Vice President George H. W. Bush of Texas, who was running against Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis. Bush ran with Indiana Senator Dan Quayle as Vice President, and Dukakis ran with Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen.

Delaware weighed in for this election as about 1% more Republican than the national average.

Partisan background[edit]

Bush's largely socially conservative rhetoric garnered him much support among social-conservatives nationwide. Seen here at campaign rally in Omaha, Nebraska.
Bush delivering the now infamous "Read my lips..." line at the 1988 Republican National Convention.

The presidential election of 1988 was a very, very partisan election for Delaware, with nearly 99.5% of the electorate voting for either the Democratic or Republican parties, and only four political parties on the ballot, statewide.[1] All counties in Delaware voted in majority for Bush.

Republican victory[edit]

Bush won the election in Delaware with a solid 12 point landslide. The 1988 election cycle was the most recent period where you see the typically more liberal state of Delaware voting primarily Republican. The election results in Delaware are particularly reflective of a nationwide political re-consolidation of base for the Republican Party, which took place in the through the 1980s. Through the passage of some very controversial economic programs, spearheaded by then President Ronald Reagan (called, collectively, "Reaganomics"), the mid-to-late 1980's saw a period of economic growth and stability. The hallmark for Reaganomics was, in part, the wide-scale deregulation of corporate interests, and tax cuts for the wealthy.[2]

Dukakis ran on a notably socially liberal agenda, and advocated for higher economic regulation and environmental protection. Bush, alternatively, ran on a campaign of continuing the social and economic policies of former President Reagan - which gained him much support with social conservatives and people living in rural areas, who largely associated the Republican Party with the economic growth of the 1980s. Additionally, while the economic programs passed under Reagan, and furthered under Bush and Clinton, may have boosted the economy for a brief period, they are criticized by many analysts as "setting the stage" for economic troubles in the United State after 2007, such as the Great Recession.[3]


United States presidential election in Delaware, 1988
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican George H. W. Bush 139,639 55.88% 3
Democratic Michael Dukakis 108,647 43.48% 0
Libertarian Ron Paul 1,162 0.47% 0
New Alliance Party Lenora Fulani 443 0.18% 0
Totals 249,891 100.0% 3

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  2. ^ "Since 1980s, the Kindest of Tax Cuts for the Rich". The New York Times. 2012-01-18. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  3. ^ Jerry Lanson (2008-11-06). "A historic victory. A changed nation. Now, can Obama deliver?". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2013-07-21.