Appendix C: 1988-2000 Presidential General Election
Ranking by State of Popular Vote Percentages
(Republican Nominee)
(Updated 12/2001)

 

BUSH 2000

 

DOLE 1996

 

BUSH 1992

 

BUSH 1988

  STATE  

EV

%

  STATE  

EV

%

  STATE  

EV

%

  STATE  

EV

%

1

Wyoming

W

3

67.76

  Utah

W

5

54.37

  Mississippi

W

7

49.68

  Utah

W

5

66.22

2

Idaho

W

4

67.17

  Kansas

W

6

54.29

  South Carolina

W

8

48.02

  New Hampshire

W

4

62.41

3

Utah

W

5

66.83

  Nebraska

W

5

53.66

  Alabama

W

9

47.64

  Idaho

W

4

62.08

4

Nebraska

W

5

62.24

  Idaho

W

4

52.18

  Nebraska

W

5

46.58

  South Carolina

W

8

61.50

5

North Dakota

W

3

60.66

  Alaska

W

3

50.80

  Virginia

W

13

44.96

  Florida

W

21

60.87

6

Oklahoma

W

8

60.31

  Alabama

W

9

50.12

  North Dakota

W

3

44.22

  Wyoming

W

3

60.53

7

South Dakota

W

3

60.30

  Wyoming

W

3

49.81

  North Carolina

W

14

43.44

  Nebraska

W

5

60.16

8

Texas

W

32

59.30

  South Carolina

W

8

49.79

  Utah

W

5

43.36

  Arizona

W

7

59.95

9

Alaska

W

3

58.62

  Mississippi

W

7

49.21

  Indiana

W

12

42.91

  Mississippi

W

7

59.89

10

Montana

W

3

58.44

  Texas

W

32

48.76

  Georgia  

13

42.88

  Indiana

W

12

59.84

11

Kansas

W

6

58.04

  North Carolina

W

14

48.73

  Oklahoma

W

8

42.64

  Georgia

W

12

59.75

12

Mississippi

W

7

57.62

  Oklahoma

W

8

48.26

  Tennessee  

11

42.43

  Virginia

W

12

59.74

13

South Carolina

W

8

56.84

  Indiana

W

12

47.13

  Idaho

W

4

42.03

  Alaska

W

3

59.59

14

Indiana

W

12

56.65

  Virginia

W

13

47.10

  Kentucky  

8

41.34

  Alabama

W

9

59.17

15

Kentucky

W

8

56.50

  Georgia

W

13

47.01

  Louisiana  

9

40.97

  Nevada

W

4

58.86

16

Alabama

W

9

56.48

  North Dakota

W

3

46.94

  Florida

W

25

40.89

  North Carolina

W

13

57.97

17

North Carolina

W

14

56.03

  South Dakota

W

3

46.49

  South Dakota

W

3

40.66

  Oklahoma

W

8

57.93

18

Georgia

W

13

54.67

  Colorado

W

8

45.80

  New Jersey  

15

40.58

  Tennessee

W

11

57.89

19

Louisiana

W

9

52.55

  Tennessee  

11

45.59

  Texas

W

32

40.56

  Arkansas

W

6

56.37

20

Virginia

W

13

52.47

  Kentucky  

8

44.88

  Wyoming

W

3

39.56

  New Jersey

W

16

56.24

21

West Virginia

W

5

51.92

  Arizona  

8

44.29

  Alaska

W

3

39.46

  North Dakota

W

3

56.03

22

Arkansas

W

6

51.31

  Montana

W

3

44.11

  Kansas

W

6

38.88

  Texas

W

29

55.95

23

Tennessee

W

11

51.15

  Nevada  

4

42.91

  Arizona

W

8

38.47

  Delaware

W

3

55.88

24

Arizona

W

8

51.02

  Florida  

25

42.32

  Ohio  

21

38.35

  Kansas

W

7

55.79

25

Colorado

W

8

50.75

  New Mexico  

5

41.86

  New Hampshire  

4

37.64

  Kentucky

W

9

55.52

26

Missouri

W

11

50.42

  Missouri  

11

41.24

  New Mexico  

5

37.34

  Maine

W

4

55.34

27

Ohio

W

21

49.97

  Ohio  

21

41.02

  Iowa  

7

37.27

  Ohio

W

23

55.00

28

Nevada

W

4

49.52

  Pennsylvania  

23

39.97

  Wisconsin  

11

36.78

  Louisiana

W

10

54.27

29

Florida

W

25

48.85

  Louisiana  

9

39.94

  Hawaii  

4

36.70

  Michigan

W

20

53.57

30

Iowa  

7

48.22

  Iowa  

7

39.92

  Michigan  

18

36.38

  Colorado

W

8

53.06

31

New Hampshire

W

4

48.07

  New Hampshire  

4

39.37

  Pennsylvania  

23

36.13

  South Dakota

W

3

52.85

32

New Mexico  

5

47.85

  Oregon  

7

39.06

  Colorado  

8

35.87

  Montana

W

4

52.07

33

Wisconsin  

11

47.61

  Michigan  

18

38.48

  Connecticut  

8

35.78

  Connecticut

W

8

51.98

34

Oregon  

7

46.52

  Wisconsin  

11

38.48

  Maryland  

10

35.62

  New Mexico

W

5

51.86

35

Pennsylvania  

23

46.43

  Maryland  

10

38.27

  Arkansas  

6

35.48

  Missouri

W

11

51.82

36

Michigan  

18

46.15

  California  

54

38.21

  West Virginia  

5

35.39

  California

W

47

51.13

37

Minnesota  

10

45.50

  Washington  

11

37.30

  Delaware  

3

35.31

  Maryland

W

10

51.11

38

Washington  

11

44.58

  Illinois  

22

36.81

  Montana  

3

35.12

  Vermont

W

3

51.10

39

Maine  

4

43.97

  Arkansas  

6

36.80

  Nevada  

4

34.73

  Pennsylvania

W

25

50.70

40

Illinois  

22

42.58

  West Virginia  

5

36.76

  Illinois  

22

34.34

  Illinois

W

24

50.69

41

Delaware  

3

41.90

  Delaware  

3

36.58

  Missouri  

11

33.92

  Washington  

10

48.46

42

California  

54

41.65

  New Jersey  

15

35.86

  New York  

33

33.88

  Wisconsin  

11

47.80

43

Vermont  

3

40.70

  Minnesota  

10

34.96

  California  

54

32.61

  New York  

36

47.52

44

New Jersey  

15

40.29

  Connecticut  

8

34.69

  Oregon  

7

32.53

  West Virginia**  

6

47.46

45

Maryland  

10

40.18

  Hawaii  

4

31.64

  Washington  

11

31.96

  Oregon  

7

46.61

46

Connecticut  

8

38.44

  Vermont  

3

31.09

  Minnesota  

10

31.85

  Minnesota  

10

45.90

47

Hawaii  

4

37.46

  Maine  

4

30.76

  Vermont  

3

30.42

  Massachusetts  

13

45.38

48

New York  

33

35.23

  New York  

33

30.61

  Maine  

4

30.39

  Hawaii  

4

44.75

49

Massachusetts  

12

32.50

  Massachusetts  

12

28.08

  Massachusetts  

12

29.02

  Iowa  

8

44.50

50

Rhode Island  

4

31.91

  Rhode Island  

4

26.82

  Rhode Island  

4

29.02

  Rhode Island  

4

43.93

51

D.C.*  

3

8.95

  D.C.  

3

9.34

  D.C.  

3

9.10

  D.C.  

3

14.30

Total Electoral Votes:
Total Popular Vote %:


271
47.87%

     


159
40.71%

     


168
37.45%

     


426
53.37%

Notes:

W = Winning Candidate (For That State).
EV = Total Possible Electoral Votes Per State. (Note that the number of electoral votes in several states changed as a result of the U.S. Census conducted in 1990. For example, Arizona gained one electoral vote between 1988 and 1992.)
Total Electoral Vote = 538; Total Electoral Vote Needed to Elect = 270.

* In the District of Columbia, one of the three electoral votes was an abstention (2000).
** In West Virginia, one of the six electoral votes was cast for Lloyd Bentsen (1988).

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