United States presidential election in Rhode Island, 1988

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

  Dukakis1988rally cropped.jpg George H. W. Bush, President of the United States, official portrait.jpg
Nominee Michael Dukakis George H.W. Bush
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Massachusetts Texas
Running mate Lloyd Bentsen Dan Quayle
Electoral vote 4 0
Popular vote 225,123 177,761
Percentage 55.64% 43.93%

Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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 4 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Rhode Island voted for the Democratic nominee, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, over Republican Vice President George H. W. Bush. Dukakis took 55.64% of the vote to Bush's 43.93%, a margin of 11.71%. This made it one of 10 states (plus the District of Columbia) to vote for Dukakis, while Bush won a convincing electoral victory nationwide.

A liberal New England state, Rhode Island gave Dukakis his strongest state victory in the nation, with only D.C. voting more Democratic. It was one of just two states (along with Iowa) to vote Democratic by a double-digit margin, and one of only two states (Along with Hawaii) to have all of its counties go to Dukakis. Despite this, it was still a relatively strong Republican performance compared to how the state has trended since. Not only has it voted Democratic in every presidential election that followed, but no Republican since has even broken 40% in Rhode Island.


United States presidential election in Rhode Island, 1988[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Michael Dukakis 225,123 55.64% 4
Republican George H. W. Bush 177,761 43.93% 0
Libertarian Ron Paul 825 0.20% 0
New Alliance Lenora Fulani 280 0.07% 0
Peace and Freedom Herbert G. Lewin 195 0.05% 0
America First David Duke 159 0.04% 0
Socialist Workers James Warren 130 0.03% 0
Socialist Willa Kenoyer 96 0.02% 0
Write-ins Write-ins 51 0.01% 0
Totals 404,620 100.00% 4
Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered) 53%/74%


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

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