Although Dukakis won only Hartford County, he took 47-49% of the vote in five other counties, making it a close race statewide. He came much closer to winning the state than Walter Mondale, who had lost the state by over 20 points four years earlier. Dukakis's gains reflected liberalNew England's drift as a whole toward the Democratic Party, as the Republican Party became increasingly conservative and oriented toward the South. This would be the last time that a Republican presidential candidate would win Connecticut's electoral votes, as the state has gone Democratic in every election since. As of the 2016 presidential election[update], this is the last election in which the counties of New Haven, New London, Middlesex and Tolland voted for the Republican candidate.