1988 United States presidential election in Utah Article

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United States presidential election in Utah, 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 5 0
Popular vote 428,442 207,343
Percentage 66.22% 32.05%

United States presidential election in Utah, 1988.svg
County Results

President before election

Ronald Reagan
Republican

Elected President

George H. W. Bush
Republican

The 1988 United States presidential election in Utah took place on November 8, 1988. All fifty states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1988 United States presidential election. Utah voters chose five electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

Utah was won by incumbent United States Vice President George H. W. Bush of Texas, who was running against Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis. Bush ran with Indiana Senator Dan Quayle as Vice President, and Dukakis ran with Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen.

Utah weighed in for this election as 13% more Republican than the national average.

Partisan background

The presidential election of 1988 was a very partisan election for Utah, with over 98 percent of the electorate in voting for either the Republican or Democratic parties, though several other parties appeared on the ballot. [1] Every county in Utah voted in majority for the Republican candidate, except for Carbon County, which voted primarily for Dukakis.

Republican victory

Bush won the election in Utah with a 34-point sweep-out landslide – his strongest victory in the nation [2]. The election results in Utah are somewhat reflective of a nationwide political reconsolidation of base for the Republican Party, which took place through the 1980s. Through the passage of some very controversial economic programs, spearheaded by then President Ronald Reagan (called, collectively, " Reaganomics"), the mid-to-late 1980s saw a period of economic growth and stability. The hallmark for Reaganomics was, in part, the wide-scale deregulation of corporate interests, and tax cuts for the wealthy. [3]

Dukakis ran his campaign on a socially liberal platform, and advocated for higher economic regulation and environmental protection. Bush, alternatively, ran on a campaign of continuing the social and economic policies of former President Reagan – which gained him much support with social conservatives and people living in rural areas.

Results

United States presidential election in Utah, 1988
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican George H. W. Bush 428,442 66.22% 5
Democratic Michael Dukakis 207,343 32.05% 0
Libertarian Ron Paul 7,473 1.16% 0
American Party Delmar Dennis 2,158 0.33% 0
New Alliance Party Lenora Fulani 455 0.07% 0
Democrats for Economic Recovery Lyndon LaRouche 427 0.07% 0
Independent Louis Youngkeit 372 0.06% 0
Socialist Workers Party James Warren 209 0.03% 0
Socialist Willa Kenoyer 129 0.02% 0
Totals 647,008 100.0% 5

Results by county

George Herbert Walker Bush
Republican
Michael Stanley Dukakis
Democratic
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast
County # % # % # % # % #
Beaver 1,286 60.89% 816 38.64% 10 0.47% 470 22.25% 2,112
Box Elder 12,585 81.40% 2,736 17.70% 140 0.91% 9,849 63.70% 15,461
Cache 21,766 77.84% 5,871 21.00% 326 1.17% 15,895 56.84% 27,963
Carbon 3,019 35.09% 5,521 64.18% 63 0.73% -2,502 -29.08% 8,603
Daggett 272 66.02% 132 32.04% 8 1.94% 140 33.98% 412
Davis 50,469 73.80% 16,868 24.67% 1,047 1.53% 33,601 49.14% 68,384
Duchesne 3,118 70.82% 1,227 27.87% 58 1.32% 1,891 42.95% 4,403
Emery 2,322 56.03% 1,788 43.15% 34 0.82% 534 12.89% 4,144
Garfield 1,470 79.25% 370 19.95% 15 0.81% 1,100 59.30% 1,855
Grand 1,895 58.34% 1,287 39.62% 66 2.03% 608 18.72% 3,248
Iron 6,038 76.74% 1,736 22.06% 94 1.19% 4,302 54.68% 7,868
Juab 1,505 59.65% 974 38.60% 44 1.74% 531 21.05% 2,523
Kane 1,788 79.29% 398 17.65% 69 3.06% 1,390 61.64% 2,255
Millard 3,515 74.63% 1,124 23.86% 71 1.51% 2,391 50.76% 4,710
Morgan 1,889 73.59% 647 25.20% 31 1.21% 1,242 48.38% 2,567
Piute 476 69.29% 206 29.99% 5 0.73% 270 39.30% 687
Rich 621 72.21% 234 27.21% 5 0.58% 387 45.00% 860
Salt Lake 163,557 59.07% 107,453 38.81% 5,893 2.13% 56,104 20.26% 276,903
San Juan 2,377 61.95% 1,407 36.67% 53 1.38% 970 25.28% 3,837
Sanpete 4,579 70.26% 1,822 27.96% 116 1.78% 2,757 42.30% 6,517
Sevier 4,747 76.31% 1,403 22.55% 71 1.14% 3,344 53.75% 6,221
Summit 3,881 59.68% 2,536 39.00% 86 1.32% 1,345 20.68% 6,503
Tooele 5,539 56.50% 4,166 42.49% 99 1.01% 1,373 14.00% 9,804
Uintah 5,341 74.00% 1,799 24.92% 78 1.08% 3,542 49.07% 7,218
Utah 68,134 77.23% 18,533 21.01% 1,560 1.77% 49,601 56.22% 88,227
Wasatch 2,487 62.22% 1,451 36.30% 59 1.48% 1,036 25.92% 3,997
Washington 13,306 80.33% 3,054 18.44% 205 1.24% 10,252 61.89% 16,565
Wayne 784 68.59% 353 30.88% 6 0.52% 431 37.71% 1,143
Weber 39,676 63.97% 21,431 34.56% 911 1.47% 18,245 29.42% 62,018
Totals 428,442 66.22% 207,343 32.05% 11,223 1.73% 221,099 34.17% 647,008

See also

References

  1. ^ "1988 Presidential General Election Results – Utah". Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 2013-07-21.
  2. ^ "1988 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  3. ^ "Since 1980s, the Kindest of Tax Cuts for the Rich". The New York Times. 2012-01-18. Retrieved 2013-07-21.