1988 United States presidential election in Colorado

The 1988 United States presidential election in Colorado 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 eight representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

1988 United States presidential election in Colorado

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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 728,177 621,453
Percentage 53.06% 45.28%

Colorado Presidential Election Results by County, 1988.svg
County Results

President before election

Ronald Reagan
Republican

Elected President

George H. W. Bush
Republican

Colorado voted for the Republican nominee, Vice President George H. W. Bush, over the Democratic nominee, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, by a margin of 7.78%. Bush took 53.06% of the vote to Dukakis' 45.28%.

While the Republicans held onto Colorado's eight electoral votes, however, Bush's 53–45 win over Dukakis represented a vastly diminished margin compared to 1984, when Ronald Reagan had won the state in a 63–35 landslide over Walter Mondale.

The closeness of the race marked the beginning of Colorado's transition from a reliably Republican state into a competitive swing state in presidential elections, as just four years later, in 1992, Bill Clinton would win the state for the Democrats for the first time since the nationwide Democratic landslide of Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Beginning in 1988, Colorado's popular vote in presidential elections has always been decided by a single-digit margin, and in the seven elections that followed 1988, the state would vote Republican three times and Democratic four times.

As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Summit County voted for a Republican presidential candidate.[1]

ResultsEdit

1988 United States presidential election in Colorado[2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican George H. W. Bush 728,177 53.06% 8
Democratic Michael Dukakis 621,453 45.28% 0
CO Libertarian Ron Paul 15,482 1.13% 0
CO Prohibition Earl Dodge 4,604 0.34% 0
New Alliance Lenora Fulani 2,539 0.19% 0
No party David Duke (Write-in) 139 0.01% 0
Totals 1,372,394 100.00% 8

Results by countyEdit

County George Herbert Walker Bush[3]
Republican
Michael Stanley Dukakis[3]
Democratic
Ronald Ernest Paul[3]
Libertarian
Various candidates[3]
Other parties
Margin
% # % # % # % # % #
Hinsdale 72.48% 295 27.27% 111 0.25% 1 0.00% 0 45.21% 184
Douglas 70.09% 17,035 28.52% 6,931 1.39% 338 0.19% 46 41.57% 10,104
El Paso 70.22% 96,965 28.96% 39,995 0.81% 1,125 0.27% 373 41.26% 56,970
Custer 69.72% 753 28.70% 310 1.57% 17 0.37% 4 41.02% 443
Teller 68.61% 3,760 30.22% 1,656 1.17% 64 0.36% 20 38.39% 2,104
Rio Blanco 68.56% 1,821 30.23% 803 1.20% 32 0.23% 6 38.33% 1,018
Dolores 67.22% 488 31.68% 230 1.10% 8 0.83% 6 35.54% 258
Jackson 65.91% 584 33.18% 294 0.90% 8 0.56% 5 32.73% 290
Baca 65.59% 1,670 33.42% 851 0.98% 25 0.39% 10 32.17% 819
Cheyenne 64.74% 760 33.99% 399 1.28% 15 0.77% 9 30.75% 361
Kit Carson 64.81% 2,262 34.27% 1,196 0.92% 32 0.57% 20 30.54% 1,066
Montezuma 64.56% 4,208 34.26% 2,233 1.18% 77 0.43% 28 30.30% 1,975
Ouray 64.30% 814 34.68% 439 1.03% 13 0.24% 3 29.62% 375
Archuleta 63.89% 1,440 35.27% 795 0.84% 19 0.35% 8 28.62% 645
Elbert 63.30% 2,805 35.34% 1,566 1.35% 60 0.36% 16 27.96% 1,239
Washington 63.41% 1,707 35.59% 958 1.00% 27 0.59% 16 27.82% 749
Rio Grande 62.43% 2,626 36.73% 1,545 0.83% 35 0.52% 22 25.70% 1,081
Moffat 61.71% 2,757 36.57% 1,634 1.72% 77 1.14% 51 25.13% 1,123
Kiowa 61.55% 645 37.98% 398 0.48% 5 0.48% 5 23.57% 247
Montrose 60.84% 6,012 37.93% 3,748 1.22% 121 0.93% 92 22.91% 2,264
Grand 60.27% 2,306 37.92% 1,451 1.80% 69 0.31% 12 22.35% 855
Arapahoe 60.49% 95,926 38.53% 61,113 0.98% 1,553 0.41% 648 21.95% 34,813
Lincoln 60.45% 1,356 38.97% 874 0.58% 13 0.27% 6 21.49% 482
Delta 60.01% 5,449 38.78% 3,521 1.21% 110 0.61% 55 21.23% 1,928
Mesa 59.89% 22,150 38.86% 14,372 1.25% 462 0.46% 170 21.03% 7,778
Sedgwick 59.77% 921 39.65% 611 0.58% 9 0.26% 4 20.12% 310
Fremont 58.52% 7,623 40.52% 5,278 0.96% 125 0.46% 60 18.00% 2,345
Phillips 58.12% 1,317 40.73% 923 1.15% 26 0.53% 12 17.39% 394
La Plata 58.00% 7,714 40.93% 5,443 1.07% 142 0.47% 62 17.08% 2,271
Park 57.22% 1,909 40.26% 1,343 2.52% 84 0.63% 21 16.97% 566
Garfield 57.44% 6,358 41.74% 4,620 0.81% 90 0.38% 42 15.70% 1,738
Crowley 57.58% 862 42.08% 630 0.33% 5 0.20% 3 15.50% 232
Yuma 57.30% 2,513 41.84% 1,835 0.87% 38 0.50% 22 15.46% 678
Jefferson 56.72% 110,820 41.88% 81,824 1.40% 2,735 0.57% 1,120 14.84% 28,996
Prowers 57.08% 2,978 42.30% 2,207 0.61% 32 1.32% 69 14.78% 771
Logan 56.64% 4,485 42.71% 3,382 0.66% 52 0.71% 56 13.93% 1,103
Gunnison 56.12% 2,520 42.25% 1,897 1.63% 73 0.73% 33 13.88% 623
Eagle 56.09% 4,366 42.57% 3,314 1.34% 104 0.32% 25 13.51% 1,052
Weld 55.67% 26,497 43.17% 20,548 1.16% 553 0.41% 194 12.50% 5,949
Morgan 55.79% 4,795 43.37% 3,728 0.84% 72 0.99% 85 12.41% 1,067
Larimer 55.53% 45,967 43.13% 35,703 1.34% 1,106 0.35% 289 12.40% 10,264
Mineral 55.36% 217 44.39% 174 0.26% 1 0.51% 2 10.97% 43
Chaffee 54.20% 3,080 44.84% 2,548 0.97% 55 0.55% 31 9.36% 532
Alamosa 54.00% 2,567 45.14% 2,146 0.86% 41 0.50% 24 8.86% 421
Routt 51.89% 3,264 46.45% 2,922 1.65% 104 0.45% 28 5.44% 342
Summit 51.63% 2,893 46.31% 2,595 2.05% 115 0.37% 21 5.32% 298
San Juan 50.97% 210 46.60% 192 2.43% 10 0.49% 2 4.37% 18
Otero 51.97% 4,265 47.64% 3,910 0.39% 32 1.10% 90 4.33% 355
Clear Creek 50.35% 1,820 46.97% 1,698 2.68% 97 0.44% 16 3.37% 122
Bent 48.16% 1,032 50.77% 1,088 1.07% 23 1.12% 24 -2.61% -56
Saguache 47.11% 945 51.50% 1,033 1.40% 28 0.35% 7 -4.39% -88
Gilpin 46.11% 728 50.92% 804 2.98% 47 0.70% 11 -4.81% -76
Adams 46.07% 43,163 52.80% 49,464 1.13% 1,059 0.44% 408 -6.73% -6,301
Boulder 45.06% 48,174 53.57% 57,265 1.37% 1,463 0.30% 320 -8.50% -9,091
San Miguel 43.61% 798 52.51% 961 3.88% 71 0.49% 9 -8.91% -163
Pitkin 44.41% 2,801 54.23% 3,420 1.36% 86 0.30% 19 -9.81% -619
Conejos 42.01% 1,445 57.44% 1,976 0.55% 19 0.20% 7 -15.44% -531
Lake 38.41% 969 60.09% 1,516 1.51% 38 0.79% 20 -21.68% -547
Pueblo 37.85% 20,119 61.68% 32,788 0.48% 253 0.29% 152 -23.83% -12,669
Denver 37.51% 77,753 61.36% 127,173 1.13% 2,342 1.04% 2,155 -23.84% -49,420
Huerfano 36.37% 1,079 63.23% 1,876 0.40% 12 0.10% 3 -26.86% -797
Las Animas 34.49% 2,162 65.00% 4,075 0.51% 32 0.97% 61 -30.52% -1,913
Costilla 28.81% 454 71.07% 1,120 0.13% 2 0.32% 5 -42.26% -666

ReferencesEdit

  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 - Colorado". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-01-29.
  3. ^ a b c d Our Campaigns; CO US President, November 08, 1988

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