1988 United States presidential election in Nevada

The 1988 United States presidential election in Nevada took place on November 8, 1988. All 50 states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1988 United States presidential election. State voters chose four electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

1988 United States presidential election in Nevada

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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 4 0
Popular vote 206,040 132,738
Percentage 58.86% 37.92%

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County Results

Bush

  50–60%
  60–70%
  70–80%

President before election

Ronald Reagan
Republican

Elected President

George H. W. Bush
Republican

Nevada 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. Bush carried Nevada with 58.86% of the vote, while Dukakis received 37.92%, a victory margin of 20.94%.

Nevada weighed in for this election as about 13% more Republican than the national average. This was also the last election in which Clark County, the most populated county in Nevada, was won by a Republican presidential candidate.[1]

Partisan backgroundEdit

The presidential election of 1988 was a rather multi-partisan election for Nevada, with more than 3% of the state voting for third parties or for Nevada's "None of These Candidates" option.[2]

This would be the last election in which a Republican presidential nominee would win heavily populated Clark County, home to the city of Las Vegas, which beginning in 1992 would become a reliably Democratic stronghold in the state. Consequently, 1988 was also the last occasion in which a Republican presidential candidate swept every county in Nevada, and the last time a Republican carried the state by a double-digit margin.

Republican victoryEdit

Bush won the election in Nevada with a solid 21 point sweep-out landslide. This is one of the final elections where Nevada can be seen as being ubiquitously Republican. The election results in Nevada are generally 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 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. 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.[4]

ResultsEdit

1988 United States presidential election in Nevada
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican George H. W. Bush 206,040 58.86% 4
Democratic Michael Dukakis 132,738 37.92% 0
"None of These Candidates" 6,934 1.98% 0
Libertarian Ron Paul 3,520 1.01% 0
New Alliance Party Lenora Fulani 835 0.24% 0
Totals 350,067 100.0% 4

Results by countyEdit

County or City George Herbert Walker Bush[5]
Republican
Michael Stanley Dukakis[5]
Democratic
No Candidate[5]
Independent
Ronald Ernest Paul[5]
Libertarian
Leonora Branch Fulani[5]
New Alliance
Margin Total votes cast
# % # % # % # % # % # %
Churchill 4,578 72.86% 1,481 23.57% 155 2.47% 49 0.78% 20 0.32% 3,097 49.29% 6,283
Clark 108,110 56.37% 78,359 40.86% 3,400 1.77% 1,535 0.80% 375 0.20% 29,751 15.51% 191,779
Douglas 7,074 67.02% 3,107 29.44% 214 2.03% 135 1.28% 25 0.24% 3,967 37.58% 10,555
Elko 5,722 68.35% 2,310 27.59% 220 2.63% 96 1.15% 24 0.29% 3,412 40.75% 8,372
Esmeralda 380 68.84% 143 25.91% 16 2.90% 11 1.99% 2 0.36% 237 42.93% 552
Eureka 413 70.96% 151 25.95% 11 1.89% 7 1.20% 0 0.00% 262 45.02% 582
Humboldt 2,378 66.50% 1,024 28.64% 87 2.43% 65 1.82% 22 0.62% 1,354 37.86% 3,576
Lander 1,214 70.83% 439 25.61% 35 2.04% 21 1.23% 5 0.29% 775 45.22% 1,714
Lincoln 1,035 66.18% 466 29.80% 45 2.88% 9 0.58% 9 0.58% 569 36.38% 1,564
Lyon 4,390 62.83% 2,301 32.93% 171 2.45% 103 1.47% 22 0.31% 2,089 29.90% 6,987
Mineral 1,480 56.88% 978 37.59% 101 3.88% 20 0.77% 23 0.88% 502 19.29% 2,602
Nye 3,619 64.59% 1,748 31.20% 143 2.55% 78 1.39% 15 0.27% 1,871 33.39% 5,603
Pershing 867 62.11% 458 32.81% 48 3.44% 17 1.22% 6 0.43% 409 29.30% 1,396
Storey 651 56.36% 432 37.40% 46 3.98% 22 1.90% 4 0.35% 219 18.96% 1,155
Washoe 52,654 59.34% 32,902 37.08% 1,803 2.03% 1,137 1.28% 232 0.26% 19,752 22.26% 88,728
White Pine 1,774 53.31% 1,351 40.59% 163 4.90% 20 0.60% 20 0.60% 423 12.71% 3,328
Carson City 9,701 63.44% 5,088 33.27% 276 1.80% 195 1.28% 31 0.20% 4,613 30.17% 15,291
Totals 206,040 58.86% 132,738 37.92% 6,934 1.98% 3,520 1.01% 835 0.24% 73,302 20.94% 350,067

See alsoEdit

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. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2013-07-21.
  3. ^ "Since 1980s, the Kindest of Tax Cuts for the Rich". The New York Times. 2012-01-18. Retrieved 2013-07-21.
  4. ^ Jerry Lanson (2008-11-06). "A historic victory. A changed nation. Now, can Obama deliver?". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2013-07-21.
  5. ^ a b c d e Our Campaigns; NV US President 1988