United States presidential election, 1988 facts for kids
Presidential election results map. Red denotes states won by Bush/Quayle, Blue denotes those won by Dukakis/Bentsen. Numbers indicate the number of electoral votes allotted to each state. Gray denotes won by Bentsen by a West Virginia faithless elector.
This election was between Vice President George H. W. Bush (Republican) and Governor of Massachusetts Michael Dukakis (Democratic). Bush capitalized on a good economy, a stable international stage, and on President Ronald Reagan's popularity, running an aggressive campaign. Meanwhile, Dukakis's campaign suffered from several miscues, including failure to defend from Bush's attacks. This allowed Bush to win with a substantial margin of the popular vote; while winning the Electoral College by a landslide. Since the 1988 election, no candidate has managed to equal or surpass Bush's number of electoral votes won or popular vote percentage.
Vice President George H.W. Bush won the election by 426 electoral votes. Governor of Massachusetts Michael Dukakis got 111 electoral votes. Lloyd Bentsen got 1 electoral vote by a West Virginia faithless elector.
This is where the two major candidates are still alive,.
- Michael Dukakis, governor of Massachusetts
- Jesse Jackson, reverend and civil rights leader from South Carolina
- Al Gore, U.S. senator from Tennessee
- Dick Gephardt, U.S. representative from Missouri
- Paul Simon, U.S. senator from Illinois
- Gary Hart, former U.S. senator from Colorado
- Bruce Babbitt, former governor of Arizona
- Joe Biden, U.S. senator from Delaware
- Lyndon LaRouche, activist from Virginia
- David Duke, activist from Louisiana
- James Traficant, U.S. representative from Ohio
- Douglas Applegate, U.S. representative from Ohio
- Andy Martin, perennial candidate from Connecticut
- George H. W. Bush, Vice President of the United States from Texas
- Bob Dole, U.S. senator from Kansas
- Pat Robertson, televangelist from Virginia
- Jack Kemp, U.S. representative from New York
- Pierre S. du Pont, IV, governor of Delaware
- Alexander Haig, former Secretary of State from Pennsylvania
- Ben Fernandez, former Special Ambassador to Paraguay from California
- Paul Laxalt, former Senator from Nevada
- Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense from Illinois
- Harold E. Stassen, former Governor of Minnesota
- Isabell Masters, perennial candidate from Kansas
Vice President George H. W. Bush of Texas
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