United States elections, 1988

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The 1988 United States elections was held on November 8, and elected the members of the 101st United States Congress. The Republican Party retained the presidency, while the Democratic Party retained control of Congress.

In the 1988 presidential eleciton, Republican Vice President George H. W. Bush defeated Democratic Governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts.[1] Bush won the popular vote by just under eight points, and won 426 of the 538 electoral votes. Bush won the Republican nomination over Kansas Senator Bob Dole and televangelist Pat Robertson of Virginia. Dukakis won the Democratic nomination over Reverend Jesse Jackson of Illinois, Tennessee Senator Al Gore, and Missouri Congressman Dick Gephardt. This was the first time since the Great Depression that the Republican Party won three presidential elections in a row, and Bush was the first sitting vice president to win a presidential election since Martin Van Buren in 1836.[2]

Neither the Senate nor the House saw any significant partisan change, and the Democratic Party retained control of both chambers. In the gubernatorial elections, the Democratic Party picked up one governorship.

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  1. ^ "1988 Presidential Election". The American Presidency Project. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Election of November 8, 1988" (PDF). U.S. House of Reps, Office of the Clerk. Retrieved 10 April 2017.