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United States presidential election in Connecticut, 1988


United States presidential election in Connecticut, 1988

United States presidential election in Connecticut, 1988

November 8, 1988

Nominee George H.W. Bush Michael Dukakis
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Texas Massachusetts
Running mate Dan Quayle Lloyd Bentsen
Electoral vote 8 0
Popular vote 750,241 676,584
Percentage 51.98% 46.87%

County Results

President before election

Ronald Reagan

Elected President

George H. W. Bush

The 1988 United States presidential election in Connecticut 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.

Democratic nominee, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, by a margin of 5.10%. Bush took 51.98% of the vote to Dukakis's 46.87%.

Although Dukakis won only Hartford County, he took 47-49% of the vote in five other counties, making it a close race statewide. He came much closer to winning the state than Walter Mondale, who had lost the state by over 20 points four years earlier. Dukakis's gains reflected liberal New England's drift as a whole toward the Democratic Party, as the Republican Party became increasingly conservative and oriented toward the South. This would be the last time that a Republican presidential candidate would win Connecticut's electoral votes, as the state has gone Democratic in every election since.


United States presidential election in Connecticut, 1988[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican George H. W. Bush 750,241 51.98% 8
Democratic Michael Dukakis 676,584 46.87% 0
Libertarian Ron Paul 14,071 0.97% 0
New Alliance Lenora Fulani 2,491 0.17% 0
No party William A. Marra (Write-in) 7 0.00% 0
Totals 1,443,394 100.00% 8
Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered) 58%/80%

Results by county

County Bush% Bush# Dukakis% Dukakis# Others% Others# Total
Fairfield 59.04% 221,316 39.91% 149,630 1.05% 3,932 374,878
Hartford 45.95% 173,031 53.08% 199,857 0.97% 3,648 376,536
Litchfield 55.97% 44,637 42.91% 34,227 1.12% 893 79,757
Middlesex 50.01% 34,682 48.95% 33,946 1.03% 716 69,344
New Haven 50.90% 174,251 47.66% 163,153 1.45% 4,957 342,361
New London 51.22% 52,681 47.53% 48,882 1.25% 1,288 102,851
Tolland 50.80% 28,375 48.13% 26,884 1.08% 602 55,861
Windham 50.88% 21,268 47.86% 20,005 1.26% 526 41,799


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

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