ⓘ 1988 United States presidential election in Washington (state)

                                     

ⓘ 1988 United States presidential election in Washington (state)

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

Washington won the democratic Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, who ran against incumbent Republican Vice President George H. W. Bush in Texas. Dukakis was running for Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen, and Bush ran with Indiana Senator Dan Quayle.

Dukakis carried Washington state with 50.05% of the vote Bush 48.46%, the margin of 1.59%. This made Washington one of the ten States and the district of Columbia to vote for Dukakis, even Bush won a convincing victory at the national level.

Washington to weigh in these elections, and 9% more democratic than the national average.

For decades prior to 1988, Washington was a swing state, and he was gone Republican in four previous elections, even vote for the losing candidate-Republican Gerald Ford in 1976. But the strong democratic tilt of the state in 1988 foreshadowed the political direction of the state in the modern era. Victory Dukakis’ 1988 began a Democratic winning streak in Washington state that has never been broken since. Seatl democratic tendencies was largely due to a sharp transition to the Democrats among the urban and suburban votes, which began in 1980-ies. While Bush has won many rural counties, Dukakis won in the two most populous counties in Washington state: king County and pierce County.

King County, home to the city of Seattle and its environs, and today is the most densely populated counties in the state and County leader for the state as a whole. In every presidential election since Washington achieved statehood, the candidate winning in king County also won the state of Washington as a whole. While Seattle has long leaned Democratic, the suburbs have long leaned Republican, making king County a swing County, and thus Washington is a swing state. In 1976, a moderate Republican Gerald Ford was held in Washington, 50-46, while winning in king County 51-45. In the 1984 Republican landslide, Ronald Reagan won king County by a margin of 52-47. However, Michael Dukakis in 1988 won in king County with a score of 54-45, the raw vote difference votes 59.089, providing more than just 29.681 the difference raw materials, voting on which he carried Washington state in General. In the result of 1988 began continuous Democratic winning streak in king County, and start a long sharp transition to the Democratic party in the County and thus the state as a whole. As Seattle grew, and the suburbs continued abandoning the GOP and more and more deviated democracy in the 1990s and 2000s years, king County will be converted from a swing district until 1988 in the Democratic fortress, twenty years later, in 2008, Democrat Barack Obama will get more than 70% of the vote in king County. Democratic domination in king County that began in 1988 would solidify Washington as a strong blue state in the modern era. In seven elections since 1988, the Republican candidate has not been replicated in the percentage of votes received by George H. W. Bush in King, pierce or Snohomish County.

As the presidential election of 2016 is the last election when the County Kitsap and Snohomish County supported the Republican presidential candidate. And this is the last election where in Washington state was adopted by a margin of five points or less.

Dukakis and Bush tied in the County of ferry. This is the only time in the presidential election in Washington, at least since the 1940s, years that two candidates in the district.

                                     
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