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1988 United States presidential election in Ohio

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

United States presidential election in Ohio, 1988

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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 23 0
Popular vote 2,416,549 1,939,629
Percentage 55.00% 44.15%

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County Results

President before election

Ronald Reagan
Republican

Elected President

George H. W. Bush
Republican

Ohio 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.

Ohio weighed in for this election as 2% more Republican than the national average.

Contents

Partisan backgroundEdit

The presidential election of 1988 was a very partisan election for Ohio, with more than 99 percent of the electorate voting for either the Democratic or Republican parties.[1] Most counties in the state turned out more for Bush than Dukakis. Two notable exceptions to this trend were Cleveland's Cuyahoga County, and residents of several counties on the Eastern border with Pennsylvania, who voted largely for Dukakis.

Republican victoryEdit

Bush won the election in Ohio with a solid 11 point landslide. As a historical swing state, the decisive election results in Ohio are reflective of a nationwide 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.[2]

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 States after 2007, such as the Great Recession.[3]

ResultsEdit

United States presidential election in Ohio, 1988
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican George H. W. Bush 2,416,549 55.00% 23
Democratic Michael Dukakis 1,939,629 44.15% 0
New Alliance Party Lenora Fulani 12,017 0.27% 0
Libertarian Ron Paul 11,989 0.27% 0
Democrats for Economic Recovery Lyndon LaRouche 7,733 0.18% 0
Socialist Equality Party Edward Winn 5,432 0.12% 0
Write-Ins 216 >0.01% 0
Workers World Larry Holmes 134 >0.01% 0
Totals 4,393,699 100.0% 23

Results by countyEdit

George Herbert Walker Bush
Republican
Michael Stanley Dukakis
Democratic
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast
County # % # % # % # % #
Adams 5,916 60.71% 3,740 38.38% 88 0.90% 2,176 22.33% 9,744
Allen 31,021 68.97% 13,727 30.52% 227 0.50% 17,294 38.45% 44,975
Ashland 12,726 67.19% 6,072 32.06% 141 0.74% 6,654 35.13% 18,939
Ashtabula 17,654 45.79% 20,536 53.26% 366 0.95% -2,882 -7.47% 38,556
Athens 9,314 45.92% 10,795 53.23% 172 0.85% -1,481 -7.30% 20,281
Auglaize 13,562 73.39% 4,756 25.74% 161 0.87% 8,806 47.65% 18,479
Belmont 12,214 38.20% 19,515 61.04% 244 0.76% -7,301 -22.83% 31,973
Brown 7,539 59.37% 5,047 39.75% 112 0.88% 2,492 19.63% 12,698
Butler 75,725 68.71% 33,770 30.64% 713 0.65% 41,955 38.07% 110,208
Carroll 6,179 56.20% 4,667 42.45% 148 1.35% 1,512 13.75% 10,994
Champaign 8,995 67.29% 4,272 31.96% 101 0.76% 4,723 35.33% 13,368
Clark 32,729 57.92% 23,247 41.14% 527 0.93% 9,482 16.78% 56,503
Clermont 37,417 70.49% 15,352 28.92% 316 0.60% 22,065 41.57% 53,085
Clinton 8,856 69.74% 3,746 29.50% 97 0.76% 5,110 40.24% 12,699
Columbiana 21,175 49.08% 21,581 50.03% 384 0.89% -406 -0.94% 43,140
Coshocton 8,282 57.09% 6,020 41.50% 204 1.41% 2,262 15.59% 14,506
Crawford 12,472 66.70% 6,018 32.18% 210 1.12% 6,454 34.51% 18,700
Cuyahoga 242,439 40.33% 353,401 58.79% 5,277 0.88% -110,962 -18.46% 601,117
Darke 14,914 67.93% 6,851 31.21% 189 0.86% 8,063 36.73% 21,954
Defiance 9,566 63.13% 5,448 35.95% 139 0.92% 4,118 27.18% 15,153
Delaware 20,693 72.61% 7,590 26.63% 215 0.75% 13,103 45.98% 28,498
Erie 16,670 51.77% 15,097 46.89% 431 1.34% 1,573 4.89% 32,198
Fairfield 29,208 69.46% 12,504 29.74% 339 0.81% 16,704 39.72% 42,051
Fayette 6,186 69.72% 2,623 29.56% 64 0.72% 3,563 40.16% 8,873
Franklin 226,265 59.96% 147,585 39.11% 3,507 0.93% 78,680 20.85% 377,357
Fulton 10,230 66.31% 5,076 32.90% 122 0.79% 5,154 33.41% 15,428
Gallia 7,399 59.92% 4,834 39.14% 116 0.94% 2,565 20.77% 12,349
Geauga 22,339 64.55% 11,874 34.31% 395 1.14% 10,465 30.24% 34,608
Greene 34,432 65.14% 18,025 34.10% 399 0.75% 16,407 31.04% 52,856
Guernsey 8,507 58.42% 5,926 40.69% 130 0.89% 2,581 17.72% 14,563
Hamilton 227,004 61.29% 140,354 37.89% 3,026 0.82% 86,650 23.39% 370,384
Hancock 19,896 71.97% 7,435 26.90% 312 1.13% 12,461 45.08% 27,643
Hardin 7,291 62.82% 4,145 35.71% 170 1.46% 3,146 27.11% 11,606
Harrison 3,298 45.48% 3,881 53.52% 73 1.01% -583 -8.04% 7,252
Henry 8,618 69.12% 3,764 30.19% 86 0.69% 4,854 38.93% 12,468
Highland 8,776 66.60% 4,278 32.46% 124 0.94% 4,498 34.13% 13,178
Hocking 5,426 58.70% 3,706 40.10% 111 1.20% 1,720 18.61% 9,243
Holmes 5,064 69.22% 2,179 29.78% 73 1.00% 2,885 39.43% 7,316
Huron 12,633 61.20% 7,794 37.76% 215 1.04% 4,839 23.44% 20,642
Jackson 6,671 59.21% 4,505 39.98% 91 0.81% 2,166 19.22% 11,267
Jefferson 14,141 38.73% 22,095 60.52% 273 0.75% -7,954 -21.79% 36,509
Knox 12,180 63.44% 6,882 35.84% 138 0.72% 5,298 27.59% 19,200
Lake 52,963 56.63% 39,667 42.41% 894 0.96% 13,296 14.22% 93,524
Lawrence 12,937 52.23% 11,628 46.95% 203 0.82% 1,309 5.29% 24,768
Licking 34,540 66.72% 16,793 32.44% 434 0.84% 17,747 34.28% 51,767
Logan 11,099 70.71% 4,484 28.57% 114 0.73% 6,615 42.14% 15,697
Lorain 50,410 47.14% 55,600 52.00% 916 0.86% -5,190 -4.85% 106,926
Lucas 83,788 45.27% 99,755 53.89% 1,552 0.84% -15,967 -8.63% 185,095
Madison 8,303 70.26% 3,421 28.95% 93 0.79% 4,882 41.31% 11,817
Mahoning 43,722 36.40% 75,524 62.87% 880 0.73% -31,802 -26.47% 120,126
Marion 14,864 60.13% 9,596 38.82% 258 1.04% 5,268 21.31% 24,718
Medina 29,962 60.08% 19,505 39.11% 407 0.82% 10,457 20.97% 49,874
Meigs 5,486 59.14% 3,699 39.88% 91 0.98% 1,787 19.26% 9,276
Mercer 11,162 68.54% 4,978 30.57% 146 0.90% 6,184 37.97% 16,286
Miami 24,915 68.38% 11,138 30.57% 381 1.05% 13,777 37.81% 36,434
Monroe 2,557 37.20% 4,269 62.10% 48 0.70% -1,712 -24.91% 6,874
Montgomery 131,596 57.48% 95,737 41.82% 1,610 0.70% 35,859 15.66% 228,943
Morgan 3,713 63.37% 2,085 35.59% 61 1.04% 1,628 27.79% 5,859
Morrow 7,130 66.26% 3,515 32.67% 115 1.07% 3,615 33.60% 10,760
Muskingum 19,736 62.31% 11,691 36.91% 247 0.78% 8,045 25.40% 31,674
Noble 3,155 59.44% 2,079 39.17% 74 1.39% 1,076 20.27% 5,308
Ottawa 9,352 53.39% 8,038 45.89% 127 0.73% 1,314 7.50% 17,517
Paulding 5,381 62.78% 3,114 36.33% 76 0.89% 2,267 26.45% 8,571
Perry 6,602 56.28% 5,011 42.72% 118 1.01% 1,591 13.56% 11,731
Pickaway 10,796 68.36% 4,905 31.06% 93 0.59% 5,891 37.30% 15,794
Pike 5,611 51.39% 5,191 47.54% 117 1.07% 420 3.85% 10,919
Portage 26,334 50.18% 25,607 48.79% 539 1.03% 727 1.39% 52,480
Preble 10,297 66.95% 4,937 32.10% 147 0.96% 5,360 34.85% 15,381
Putnam 11,183 73.09% 4,004 26.17% 114 0.75% 7,179 46.92% 15,301
Richland 30,047 60.04% 19,617 39.20% 383 0.77% 10,430 20.84% 50,047
Ross 14,563 60.39% 9,271 38.45% 279 1.16% 5,292 21.95% 24,113
Sandusky 14,203 58.61% 9,709 40.07% 320 1.32% 4,494 18.55% 24,232
Scioto 16,029 52.11% 14,442 46.95% 289 0.94% 1,587 5.16% 30,760
Seneca 13,704 58.49% 9,504 40.56% 222 0.95% 4,200 17.93% 23,430
Shelby 12,198 70.00% 5,065 29.07% 162 0.93% 7,133 40.94% 17,425
Stark 87,087 55.08% 69,639 44.05% 1,370 0.87% 17,448 11.04% 158,096
Summit 101,155 46.92% 112,612 52.23% 1,822 0.85% -11,457 -5.31% 215,589
Trumbull 38,815 39.51% 58,674 59.72% 761 0.77% -19,859 -20.21% 98,250
Tuscarawas 17,145 54.28% 14,185 44.90% 259 0.82% 2,960 9.37% 31,589
Union 8,846 73.28% 3,130 25.93% 95 0.79% 5,716 47.35% 12,071
Van Wert 9,410 70.56% 3,848 28.85% 78 0.58% 5,562 41.71% 13,336
Vinton 2,652 52.19% 2,385 46.94% 44 0.87% 267 5.25% 5,081
Warren 31,419 73.38% 11,145 26.03% 254 0.59% 20,274 47.35% 42,818
Washington 14,767 59.27% 9,967 40.00% 182 0.73% 4,800 19.26% 24,916
Wayne 22,320 61.64% 13,571 37.48% 317 0.88% 8,749 24.16% 36,208
Williams 10,782 69.18% 4,666 29.94% 137 0.88% 6,116 39.24% 15,585
Wood 26,013 57.89% 18,579 41.35% 341 0.76% 7,434 16.54% 44,933
Wyandot 6,178 66.87% 2,936 31.78% 125 1.35% 3,242 35.09% 9,239
Totals 2,416,549 55.00% 1,939,629 44.15% 37,521 0.85% 476,920 10.85% 4,393,699

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1988 Presidential General Election Results – Ohio". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  2. ^ "Since 1980s, the Kindest of Tax Cuts for the Rich". The New York Times. 2012-01-18. Retrieved 2013-07-21.
  3. ^ Jerry Lanson (2008-11-06). "A historic victory. A changed nation. Now, can Obama deliver?". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2013-07-21.