United States presidential election in Maine, 1988 Article

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United States presidential election in Maine, 1988

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  1988 Bush.jpg 1988 Dukakis.jpg
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%

Maine Presidential Election Results by County, 1988.svg
County Results
  Bush—50-60%
  Bush—60-70%

President before election

Ronald Reagan
Republican

Elected President

George H. W. Bush
Republican

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 percentage points. Bush took 55.34 percent of the vote to Dukakis’ 43.88 percent.

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. Maine's Second Congressional District, however, gave its electoral vote to Republican candidate Donald Trump in 2016.

As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Cumberland County, York County, Hancock County, Knox County, and Sagadahoc County voted for a Republican presidential candidate. [1]

Results

United States presidential election in Maine, 1988 [2]
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%

Results by county

George Herbert Walker Bush
Republican
Michael Stanley Dukakis
Democratic
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast
County # % # % # % # % #
Androscoggin 23,061 51.72% 21,165 47.47% 359 0.81% 1,896 4.25% 44,585
Aroostook 17,213 53.38% 14,850 46.05% 183 0.57% 2,363 7.33% 32,246
Cumberland 63,028 52.93% 55,220 46.37% 827 0.69% 7,808 6.56% 119,075
Franklin 7,180 54.16% 5,960 44.96% 116 0.88% 1,220 9.20% 13,256
Hancock 12,957 56.07% 9,929 42.97% 221 0.96% 3,028 13.10% 23,107
Kennebec 27,734 53.60% 23,578 45.57% 433 0.84% 4,156 8.03% 51,745
Knox 10,156 57.54% 7,343 41.60% 151 0.86% 2,813 15.94% 17,650
Lincoln 9,837 61.79% 5,939 37.31% 144 0.90% 3,898 24.48% 15,920
Oxford 13,568 55.91% 10,523 43.37% 175 0.72% 3,045 12.55% 24,266
Penobscot 34,912 54.76% 28,429 44.59% 413 0.65% 6,483 10.17% 63,754
Piscataquis 4,788 58.27% 3,323 40.44% 106 1.29% 1,465 17.83% 8,217
Sagadahoc 8,825 58.22% 6,212 40.98% 121 0.80% 2,613 17.24% 15,158
Somerset 11,430 56.58% 8,603 42.59% 168 0.83% 2,827 13.99% 20,201
Waldo 8,236 55.73% 6,402 43.32% 140 0.95% 1,834 12.41% 14,778
Washington 7,872 56.93% 5,831 42.17% 125 0.90% 2,041 14.76% 13,828
York 46,334 59.98% 30,262 39.17% 653 0.85% 16,072 20.81% 77,249
Totals 307,131 55.34% 243,569 43.88% 4,335 0.78% 63,562 11.45% 555,035

References

  1. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  2. ^ "1988 Presidential General Election Results – Maine". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-02-07.