United States presidential election in Vermont, 1988

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United States presidential election in Vermont, 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 3 0
Popular vote 124,331 115,775
Percentage 51.10% 47.58%

Vermont Presidential 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 Vermont 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.

Vermont voted for the Republican nominee, Vice President George H. W. Bush, over the Democratic nominee, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, by a margin of 3.52%. Bush took 51.10% of the vote to Dukakis's 47.58%.

While the Republicans held onto Vermont's 3 electoral votes once more, the closeness of the race represented a turning point in the state's political history. Vermont had once been one of the most Republican states in the country, historically having voted Republican more times than any other state, often by landslide margins. From 1856 to 1988, the state had gone Republican in every presidential election except for the 1964 Democratic landslide. Despite this history, the state was considered a swing state in 1988, and the Dukakis campaign targeted it in its electoral strategy. In this election, Vermont weighed in as about 2% more Democratic that the nation.

Like the rest of liberal and secular New England, Vermont in the 1980s began moving 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 Vermont in a presidential election, and in the following two decades it would become regarded as one of the bluest of blue states.


United States presidential election in Vermont, 1988[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican George H. W. Bush 124,331 51.10% 3
Democratic Michael Dukakis 115,775 47.58% 0
No party Write-ins 1,140 0.47% 0
Libertarian Ron Paul 1,003 0.41% 0
Independent Lyndon LaRouche 275 0.11% 0
New Alliance Lenora Fulani 205 0.08% 0
America First David Duke 190 0.08% 0
Peace and Freedom Herbert G. Lewin 161 0.07% 0
Liberty Union (Socialist) Willa Kenoyer 142 0.06% 0
Socialist Workers James Warren 111 0.05% 0
Totals 243,333 100.00% 3
Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered) 59%/70%


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

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