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United States presidential election in Utah, 1988


United States presidential election in Utah, 1988

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

County Results

President before election

Ronald Reagan

Elected President

George H. W. Bush

The 1988 United States presidential election in Utah took place on November 8, 1988. All 50 states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1988 United States presidential election. Utah voters chose 5 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the President and Vice President.

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

Bush's largely socially conservative rhetoric garnered him much support among social-conservatives nationwide. Seen here at campaign rally in Omaha, Nebraska.
Bush delivering the now infamous "Read my lips..." line at the 1988 Republican National Convention.

The presidential election of 1988 was a very partisan election for Utah, with over 98% 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. 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 1980's 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.[2]

Dukakis ran his campaign on a notably socially liberal agenda, 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, who largely associated the Republican Party with the economic growth of the 1980s. Additionally, while the economic programs passed under Reagan, and furthered under Bush and Clinton, may have boosted the economy for a brief period, they are criticized by many analysts as "setting the stage" for economic troubles in the United State after 2007, such as the Great Recession.[3]


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

See also


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