United States gubernatorial elections were held on November 8, 1988 in 12 states and two territories. Going into the elections, eight seats were held by Republicans, and four by Democrats. After the elections, the Democrats had a net gain of one seat. The elections coincided with the United States House elections, United States Senate elections and presidential election.
|United States gubernatorial elections, 1988|
12 states; 2 territories
|Delaware||Michael N. Castle||Republican||Re-elected, 70.7%||Jacob Kreshtool (Democratic) 29.3%|
|Indiana||Robert D. Orr||Republican||Term-limited, Democratic victory||Evan Bayh (Democratic) 53.2%|
John Mutz (Republican) 46.8%
|Missouri||John Ashcroft||Republican||Re-elected, 64.2%||Betty Hearnes (Democratic) 34.8%|
Mike Roberts (Libertarian) 1.0%
|Montana||Ted Schwinden||Democratic||Term-limited, Republican victory||Stan Stephens (Republican) 51.9%|
Thomas Lee Judge (Democratic) 46.1%
|New Hampshire||John H. Sununu||Republican||Retired, Republican victory||Judd Gregg (Republican) 60.4%|
Paul McEachern (Democratic) 39.0%
|North Carolina||James G. Martin||Republican||Re-elected, 56.1%||Robert B. Jordan, III (Democratic) 43.9%|
|North Dakota||George Sinner||Democratic||Re-elected, 59.9%||Leon L. Mallberg (Republican) 40.1%|
|Rhode Island||Edward D. DiPrete||Republican||Re-elected, 50.8%||Bruce Sundlun (Democratic) 49.2%|
|Utah||Norman H. Bangerter||Republican||Re-elected, 40.1%||Ted Wilson (Democratic) 38.4%|
Merrill Cook (Independent) 21.1%
Kitty K. Burton (Libertarian) 0.3%
Arly H. Pedersen (Ind. American) 0.2%
|Vermont||Madeleine M. Kunin||Democratic||Re-elected, 55.3%||Michael Bernhardt (Republican) 43.3%|
Richard Gottlieb (Liberty Union) 1.2%
|Washington||Booth Gardner||Democratic||Re-elected, 62.2%||Robert Williams (Republican) 37.8%|
|West Virginia||Arch A. Moore, Jr.||Republican||Defeated, 41.1%||Gaston Caperton (Democratic) 58.9%|
The 1988 Delaware gubernatorial election took place on November 8, 1988. Incumbent Republican Governor Mike Castle won re-election to a second term, defeating Democratic nominee Jacob Kreshtool. As of 2019, this is the most recent election in which a Republican was elected governor of Delaware.1988 Indiana gubernatorial election
The 1988 Indiana gubernatorial Election was held on November 8, 1988 in all 92 counties in the state of Indiana. Incumbent Governor Robert D. Orr, a Republican, was ineligible to run for a third consecutive term due to term limits set forth in the Indiana Constitution. In the general election, the Republican nominee, Lieutenant Governor John Mutz, was defeated by Democrat Indiana Secretary of State Evan Bayh by a margin of six percentage points. Bayh was the first Democrat to be elected Governor of Indiana since Roger D. Branigin's victory during the 1964 Democratic landslides twenty-four years previously.1988 Missouri gubernatorial election
The Missouri gubernatorial election of 1988 was Missouri's 47th gubernatorial election. The election was held on November 8, 1988 and resulted in a victory for the Republican nominee, incumbent Governor John Ashcroft, over the Democratic candidate, State Representative Betty Cooper Hearnes, and Libertarian Mike Roberts.
Betty Hearnes was the wife of Warren E. Hearnes, who had served as governor from 1965 to 1973.1988 Montana gubernatorial election
The 1988 Montana gubernatorial election took place on November 8, 1988. Incumbent Governor of Montana Ted Schwinden, who was first elected in 1980 and was re-elected in 1984, declined to seek re-election to a third term, creating an open seat. Stan Stephens, the former President of the Montana Senate, won a close Republican primary, and advanced to the general election, where he was opposed by Thomas Lee Judge, Schwinden's predecessor as governor and the Democratic nominee. Though the general election was hotly contested, Stephens ultimately defeated Judge, becoming the first Republican to win a gubernatorial election in Montana since 1964.1988 North Carolina gubernatorial election
The North Carolina gubernatorial election of 1988 was held on November 8, 1988. Popular Incumbent Governor James G. Martin ran and was re-elected by a comfortable margin over Democratic Challenger former Lieutenant Governor Robert B. Jordan III. Martin also made history by becoming the first Republican to be re-elected in North Carolina.1988 North Dakota gubernatorial election
The 1988 North Dakota gubernatorial election took place on November 8, 1988 to elect the Governor of North Dakota. Incumbent Democratic Governor George A. Sinner was re-elected to a second term with 58% of the vote, defeating Republican nominee Leon Mallberg, a businessman and "anti-tax crusader" and his running mate Donna Nalewaja. Lloyd Omdahl, who had been appointed Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota in 1987 after the death of Ruth Meiers, was elected on the ticket. As of 2019, this is the most recent election in which a Democrat was elected Governor of North Dakota.1988 Rhode Island gubernatorial election
The 1988 Rhode Island gubernatorial election was held on November 8, 1988. Incumbent Republican Edward D. DiPrete defeated Democratic nominee Bruce Sundlun with 50.83% of the vote.1988 United States House of Representatives elections
The 1988 United States House of Representatives elections was an election for the United States House of Representatives in 1988 which coincided with the election of George H. W. Bush as President. Although Bush won with a strong majority, his Republican Party lost a net of two seats to the Democratic Party, slightly increasing the Democratic majority in the House.1988 United States Senate elections
The 1988 United States Senate elections was an election for the United States Senate in which, in spite of the Republican victory by George H. W. Bush in the presidential election, the Democrats gained a net of one seat in the Senate. Seven seats changed parties, with four incumbents being defeated. The Democratic majority in the Senate increased by one from 54/46 to 55/45.1988 United States elections
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 election, Republican Vice President George H. W. Bush defeated Democratic Governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts. 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.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.1988 United States presidential election
The 1988 United States presidential election was the 51st quadrennial United States presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 8, 1988. Incumbent Vice President George H. W. Bush, the Republican nominee, defeated Democratic Governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts. The 1988 election is the only election since 1948 in which either major party won a third straight presidential election.
Incumbent President Ronald Reagan was ineligible to seek a third term, due to term limits established by the 22nd Amendment to the United States Constitution. With Reagan's support, Bush entered the 1988 Republican primaries as the front-runner. He defeated Senator Bob Dole and televangelist Pat Robertson to win the nomination, and selected Senator Dan Quayle of Indiana as his running mate. Dukakis won the 1988 Democratic primaries after Democratic leaders such as Gary Hart and Ted Kennedy withdrew or declined to run. He selected Senator Lloyd Bentsen of Texas – who had defeated Bush in a U.S. Senate race 18 years earlier – as his running mate.
Running an aggressive campaign, Bush concentrated on the economy and continuing Reagan's policies. He attacked Dukakis as an elitist "Massachusetts liberal", and Dukakis appeared to fail to respond effectively to Bush's criticism. Despite Dukakis's initial lead, Bush pulled ahead in opinion polling conducted in September and won by a substantial margin in both the popular and electoral vote. No candidate since 1988 has managed to equal or surpass Bush's share of the electoral or popular vote. Dukakis won 45.6% of the popular vote and carried ten states and Washington, D.C. Bush became the first sitting vice president to be elected president since Martin Van Buren in 1836.1988 Vermont gubernatorial election
The Vermont gubernatorial election of 1988 took place on November 8, 1988. Incumbent Democrat Madeleine Kunin ran successfully for re-election to a third term as Governor of Vermont, defeating Republican candidate Michael Bernhardt.1988 Washington gubernatorial election
The State of Washington holds its gubernatorial election every fourth year, concurrent with the United States presidential election. This election took place on November 8, 1988, and resulted in the re-election of Governor Booth Gardner.1988 West Virginia gubernatorial election
The 1988 West Virginia gubernatorial election took place on November 8, 1988 to elect the Governor of West Virginia.List of elections in 1988
The following elections occurred in the year 1988.