United States presidential election in Montana, 1988

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United States presidential election in Montana, 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 4 0
Popular vote 190,412 168,936
Percentage 52.1% 46.2%

County results

President before election

Ronald Reagan

Elected President

George H. W. Bush

The 1988 United States presidential election in Montana took place on November 8, 1988, and was part of the 1988 United States presidential election. Voters chose four representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president. This was the last election when Montana had four electoral votes: the continuing depopulation of the Great Plains would cause the state to revert to an at-large congressional district for 1992.

Montana voted for the Republican nominee, Vice President George H. W. Bush, over the Democratic nominee, Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis.

Bush won by a margin of 5.87%, much less than usual in this typically solid Republican state, largely due to the persistent drought and farm crisis on the Great Plains, a result leaving Montana 1.86% less Republican than the national average. Since 1916 this is the solitary election when Blaine County, one of the most consistent bellwether counties in the nation, has supported a losing presidential candidate.[1] It is also the last time Montana has voted more Democratic than the nation at-large and one of only three since 1952 (along with 1956 and 1972),[2] and the last occasion northwestern Lincoln County has supported a Democratic Presidential nominee,[3] although Bill Clinton would carry the state in 1992 and Barack Obama nearly did in 2008.


United States presidential[4]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican George H. W. Bush 190,412 52.07% 4
Democratic Michael Dukakis 168,936 46.20% 0
Libertarian Ron Paul 5,047 1.38% 0
New Alliance Lenora Fulani 1,279 0.35% 0


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard; Blaine County, Montana
  2. ^ Counting the Votes; Montana
  3. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  4. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/index.html