United States presidential election in Maine, 1988

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United States presidential election in Maine, 1988
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November 8, 1988 → 1992

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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 4 0
Popular vote 307,131 243,569
Percentage 55.34% 43.88%

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County Results

President before election

Ronald Reagan

Elected President

George H. W. Bush

The 1988 United States presidential election in Maine 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 8 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Maine voted for the Republican nominee, Vice President George H. W. Bush, over the Democratic nominee, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, by a margin of 11.45%. Bush took 55.34% of the vote to Dukakis's 43.88%.

Bush's comfortable win was expected, as the state was at the time Republican-leaning, and the Bush family also had ties to Maine, with Bush owning a house in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Like the rest of liberal and secular New England, however, Maine would soon begin to drift to the Democratic Party as the Republican Party became increasingly dominated by conservatives, Southerners, and Evangelical Christians. Consequently this would be the last time that a Republican would carry the state of Maine in a presidential election, and in the following two decades it would become regarded as a safe blue state.


United States presidential election in Maine, 1988[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican George H. W. Bush 307,131 55.34% 4
Democratic Michael Dukakis 243,569 43.88% 0
Libertarian Ron Paul 2,700 0.49% 0
New Alliance Lenora Fulani 1,405 0.25% 0
No party Write-ins 230 0.04% 0
Totals 555,035 100.00% 4
Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered) 62%/65%


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

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