United States presidential election in Kansas, 1988

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United States presidential election in Kansas, 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 7 0
Popular vote 554,049 422,636
Percentage 55.79% 42.56%

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County Results
  Dukakis—60-70%
  Dukakis—50-60%
  Dukakis—<50%
  Bush—<50%
  Bush—50-60%
  Bush—60-70%
  Bush—70-80%

President before election

Ronald Reagan
Republican

Elected President

George H. W. Bush
Republican

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

Kansas 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.

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

Partisan background

The presidential election of 1988 was a very partisan election for Kansas, with over 98 percent of the electorate voting for either the Democratic or Republican parties, and only four political parties appearing on the ballot.[1] Voters from every county in Kansas turned out for the Republican Party, except for three, the largest example being Kansas City's Wyandotte County, which voted primarily Democratic. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last time Douglas County voted for a Republican presidential candidate.[2]

Republican victory

Bush won the election in Kansas with a solid 13 point landslide, although compared to most previous Republican performances in Kansas this was an underwhelming triumph due to the influence of an ongoing drought and farm crisis. The election results in Kansas 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 1980's 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 notably socially liberal agenda, and advocated for higher economic regulation and environmental protection. Bush, contrarily, 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, who largely associated the Republican Party with the economic growth of the 1980s. Additionally, while the economic programs passed under Reagan, and furthered under Bush and Bill 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]

Results

United States presidential election in Kansas, 1988
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican George H. W. Bush 554,049 55.79% 7
Democratic Michael Dukakis 422,636 42.56% 0
Libertarian Ron Paul 12,553 1.26% 0
New Alliance Party Lenora Fulani 3,806 0.38% 0
Totals 993,044 100.0% 7

Results by county

George Herbert Walker Bush
Republican
Michael Stanley Dukakis
Democratic
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast
County # % # % # % # % #
Allen 3,429 58.14% 2,392 40.56% 77 1.31% 1,037 17.58% 5,898
Anderson 1,781 54.25% 1,466 44.65% 36 1.10% 315 9.59% 3,283
Atchison 3,243 49.03% 3,177 48.03% 194 2.93% 66 1.00% 6,614
Barber 1,539 56.87% 1,118 41.32% 49 1.81% 421 15.56% 2,706
Barton 7,741 59.20% 5,024 38.42% 310 2.37% 2,717 20.78% 13,075
Bourbon 3,660 57.80% 2,623 41.42% 49 0.77% 1,037 16.38% 6,332
Brown 3,059 63.57% 1,719 35.72% 34 0.71% 1,340 27.85% 4,812
Butler 10,976 57.60% 7,690 40.35% 390 2.05% 3,286 17.24% 19,056
Chase 884 60.63% 538 36.90% 36 2.47% 346 23.73% 1,458
Chautauqua 1,247 64.48% 661 34.18% 26 1.34% 586 30.30% 1,934
Cherokee 4,281 50.95% 4,069 48.43% 52 0.62% 212 2.52% 8,402
Cheyenne 1,105 63.40% 594 34.08% 44 2.52% 511 29.32% 1,743
Clark 876 66.62% 409 31.10% 30 2.28% 467 35.51% 1,315
Clay 2,997 72.10% 1,112 26.75% 48 1.15% 1,885 45.35% 4,157
Cloud 3,043 59.34% 2,022 39.43% 63 1.23% 1,021 19.91% 5,128
Coffey 2,581 66.69% 1,246 32.20% 43 1.11% 1,335 34.50% 3,870
Comanche 738 65.72% 375 33.39% 10 0.89% 363 32.32% 1,123
Cowley 7,778 54.44% 6,186 43.30% 322 2.25% 1,592 11.14% 14,286
Crawford 6,940 46.73% 7,783 52.41% 127 0.86% -843 -5.68% 14,850
Decatur 1,291 60.10% 793 36.92% 64 2.98% 498 23.18% 2,148
Dickinson 5,121 63.28% 2,870 35.47% 101 1.25% 2,251 27.82% 8,092
Doniphan 2,162 61.53% 1,312 37.34% 40 1.14% 850 24.19% 3,514
Douglas 16,149 49.90% 15,752 48.68% 460 1.42% 397 1.23% 32,361
Edwards 993 53.88% 792 42.97% 58 3.15% 201 10.91% 1,843
Elk 1,075 63.01% 608 35.64% 23 1.35% 467 27.37% 1,706
Ellis 5,194 48.67% 5,289 49.56% 189 1.77% -95 -0.89% 10,672
Ellsworth 1,711 57.03% 1,219 40.63% 70 2.33% 492 16.40% 3,000
Finney 5,381 60.14% 3,408 38.09% 158 1.77% 1,973 22.05% 8,947
Ford 5,685 58.63% 3,817 39.36% 195 2.01% 1,868 19.26% 9,697
Franklin 4,777 56.43% 3,592 42.43% 96 1.13% 1,185 14.00% 8,465
Geary 3,782 57.54% 2,721 41.40% 70 1.06% 1,061 16.14% 6,573
Gove 966 57.36% 663 39.37% 55 3.27% 303 17.99% 1,684
Graham 1,139 60.97% 702 37.58% 27 1.45% 437 23.39% 1,868
Grant 1,654 63.69% 907 34.92% 36 1.39% 747 28.76% 2,597
Gray 1,180 61.55% 696 36.31% 41 2.14% 484 25.25% 1,917
Greeley 506 59.32% 317 37.16% 30 3.52% 189 22.16% 853
Greenwood 2,217 59.66% 1,421 38.24% 78 2.10% 796 21.42% 3,716
Hamilton 801 60.00% 517 38.73% 17 1.27% 284 21.27% 1,335
Harper 1,941 59.39% 1,235 37.79% 92 2.82% 706 21.60% 3,268
Harvey 6,893 54.23% 5,503 43.29% 315 2.48% 1,390 10.94% 12,711
Haskell 964 67.41% 427 29.86% 39 2.73% 537 37.55% 1,430
Hodgeman 732 60.40% 439 36.22% 41 3.38% 293 24.17% 1,212
Jackson 2,759 54.36% 2,261 44.55% 55 1.08% 498 9.81% 5,075
Jefferson 3,605 55.53% 2,810 43.28% 77 1.19% 795 12.25% 6,492
Jewell 1,546 67.99% 684 30.08% 44 1.93% 862 37.91% 2,274
Johnson 95,591 62.81% 55,183 36.26% 1,425 0.94% 40,408 26.55% 152,199
Kearny 1,073 66.03% 524 32.25% 28 1.72% 549 33.78% 1,625
Kingman 2,205 58.74% 1,420 37.83% 129 3.44% 785 20.91% 3,754
Kiowa 1,276 71.09% 485 27.02% 34 1.89% 791 44.07% 1,795
Labette 5,125 52.92% 4,433 45.78% 126 1.30% 692 7.15% 9,684
Lane 768 61.44% 450 36.00% 32 2.56% 318 25.44% 1,250
Leavenworth 9,913 52.53% 8,797 46.62% 160 0.85% 1,116 5.91% 18,870
Lincoln 1,229 59.66% 796 38.64% 35 1.70% 433 21.02% 2,060
Linn 2,163 58.60% 1,497 40.56% 31 0.84% 666 18.04% 3,691
Logan 988 64.36% 503 32.77% 44 2.87% 485 31.60% 1,535
Lyon 6,820 55.29% 5,314 43.08% 200 1.62% 1,506 12.21% 12,334
McPherson 6,563 58.79% 4,354 39.00% 247 2.21% 2,209 19.79% 11,164
Marion 3,685 62.99% 2,024 34.60% 141 2.41% 1,661 28.39% 5,850
Marshall 3,140 54.23% 2,560 44.21% 90 1.55% 580 10.02% 5,790
Meade 1,322 65.19% 664 32.74% 42 2.07% 658 32.45% 2,028
Miami 4,807 51.65% 4,427 47.57% 72 0.77% 380 4.08% 9,306
Mitchell 2,257 65.19% 1,145 33.07% 60 1.73% 1,112 32.12% 3,462
Montgomery 9,067 61.98% 5,429 37.11% 132 0.90% 3,638 24.87% 14,628
Morris 1,682 58.12% 1,165 40.26% 47 1.62% 517 17.86% 2,894
Morton 1,074 64.35% 569 34.09% 26 1.56% 505 30.26% 1,669
Nemaha 2,849 54.98% 2,261 43.63% 72 1.39% 588 11.35% 5,182
Neosho 3,739 51.77% 3,402 47.11% 81 1.12% 337 4.67% 7,222
Ness 1,230 56.58% 887 40.80% 57 2.62% 343 15.78% 2,174
Norton 1,923 67.54% 855 30.03% 69 2.42% 1,068 37.51% 2,847
Osage 3,496 54.33% 2,840 44.13% 99 1.54% 656 10.19% 6,435
Osborne 1,541 60.57% 943 37.07% 60 2.36% 598 23.51% 2,544
Ottawa 1,836 64.78% 953 33.63% 45 1.59% 883 31.16% 2,834
Pawnee 1,825 54.11% 1,474 43.70% 74 2.19% 351 10.41% 3,373
Phillips 2,316 69.86% 960 28.96% 39 1.18% 1,356 40.90% 3,315
Pottawatomie 3,897 59.51% 2,544 38.85% 108 1.65% 1,353 20.66% 6,549
Pratt 2,505 59.01% 1,651 38.89% 89 2.10% 854 20.12% 4,245
Rawlins 1,318 66.46% 612 30.86% 53 2.67% 706 35.60% 1,983
Reno 12,753 51.11% 11,545 46.27% 656 2.63% 1,208 4.84% 24,954
Republic 2,346 67.76% 1,069 30.88% 47 1.36% 1,277 36.89% 3,462
Rice 2,503 53.89% 2,033 43.77% 109 2.35% 470 10.12% 4,645
Riley 9,507 55.90% 7,283 42.82% 217 1.28% 2,224 13.08% 17,007
Rooks 1,938 64.45% 1,012 33.65% 57 1.90% 926 30.79% 3,007
Rush 1,045 48.54% 1,020 47.38% 88 4.09% 25 1.16% 2,153
Russell 2,403 61.21% 1,448 36.88% 75 1.91% 955 24.33% 3,926
Saline 11,371 57.96% 7,998 40.77% 249 1.27% 3,373 17.19% 19,618
Scott 1,590 66.95% 717 30.19% 68 2.86% 873 36.76% 2,375
Sedgwick 86,124 55.30% 65,618 42.13% 4,003 2.57% 20,506 13.17% 155,745
Seward 4,089 70.54% 1,655 28.55% 53 0.91% 2,434 41.99% 5,797
Shawnee 35,489 50.56% 33,940 48.35% 768 1.09% 1,549 2.21% 70,197
Sheridan 901 57.90% 600 38.56% 55 3.53% 301 19.34% 1,556
Sherman 1,929 62.94% 1,082 35.30% 54 1.76% 847 27.63% 3,065
Smith 1,951 65.29% 1,004 33.60% 33 1.10% 947 31.69% 2,988
Stafford 1,532 55.95% 1,121 40.94% 85 3.10% 411 15.01% 2,738
Stanton 592 62.32% 310 32.63% 48 5.05% 282 29.68% 950
Stevens 1,642 71.17% 612 26.53% 53 2.30% 1,030 44.65% 2,307
Sumner 5,394 53.71% 4,417 43.99% 231 2.30% 977 9.73% 10,042
Thomas 2,342 60.52% 1,408 36.38% 120 3.10% 934 24.13% 3,870
Trego 979 53.47% 795 43.42% 57 3.11% 184 10.05% 1,831
Wabaunsee 1,737 58.54% 1,166 39.30% 64 2.16% 571 19.25% 2,967
Wallace 655 69.61% 257 27.31% 29 3.08% 398 42.30% 941
Washington 2,269 67.13% 1,063 31.45% 48 1.42% 1,206 35.68% 3,380
Wichita 721 62.80% 399 34.76% 28 2.44% 322 28.05% 1,148
Wilson 2,743 63.12% 1,545 35.55% 58 1.33% 1,198 27.57% 4,346
Woodson 1,062 57.50% 761 41.20% 24 1.30% 301 16.30% 1,847
Wyandotte 19,097 32.70% 38,678 66.23% 624 1.07% -19,581 -33.53% 58,399
Totals 554,049 55.79% 422,636 42.56% 16,359 1.65% 131,413 13.23% 993,044

See also

References

  1. ^ "1988 Presidential General Election Results – Kansas". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  2. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  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. 
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