1988 United States presidential election in Colorado

The 1988 United States presidential election in Colorado took place on November 8, 1988, as part of the 1988 United States presidential election, which was held throughout all 50 states and D.C. Voters chose 8 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Colorado voted for the Republican nominee, Vice President George H. W. Bush, over the Democratic nominee, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, by a margin of 7.78%. Bush took 53.06% of the vote to Dukakis's 45.28%.

While the Republicans held onto Colorado's 8 electoral votes, however, Bush's 53-45 win over Dukakis represented a vastly diminished margin compared to 1984, when Ronald Reagan had won the state in a 63-35 landslide over Walter Mondale.

The closeness of the race marked the beginning of Colorado's transition from a reliably Republican state into a competitive swing state in presidential elections, as just four years later, in 1992, Bill Clinton would win the state for the Democrats for the first time since the nationwide Democratic landslide of Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Beginning in 1988, Colorado's popular vote in presidential elections has always been decided by a single-digit margin, and in the seven elections that followed 1988, the state would vote Republican three times and vote Democratic four times.

United States presidential election in Colorado, 1988

November 8, 1988
  1988 Bush 1988 Dukakis
Nominee George H.W. Bush Michael Dukakis
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Texas Massachusetts
Running mate Dan Quayle Lloyd Bentsen
Electoral vote 8 0
Popular vote 728,177 621,453
Percentage 53.06% 45.28%

Colorado Presidential Election Results by County, 1988
County Results

President before election

Ronald Reagan

Elected President

George H. W. Bush


United States presidential election in Colorado, 1988[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican George H. W. Bush 728,177 53.06% 8
Democratic Michael Dukakis 621,453 45.28% 0
CO Libertarian Ron Paul 15,482 1.13% 0
CO Prohibition Earl Dodge 4,604 0.34% 0
New Alliance Lenora Fulani 2,539 0.19% 0
No party David Duke (Write-in) 139 0.01% 0
Totals 1,372,394 100.00% 8


  1. ^ "1988 Presidential General Election Results - Colorado". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-01-29.
State results of the 1988 U.S. presidential election

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