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The Election of 1988

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Map of US showing the presidential election results for 1988. Digital image. Wikipedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Mar. 2016.

Which of the following best explains the 1988 Presidential Election map above, representing George H.W. Bush’s landslide victory?

A

His opponent, Michael Dukakis, was an unknown congressman from California.

B

Bush had been a successful CIA Director during the 1970s.

C

Vice-President Bush had benefitted from the successes of President Ronald Reagan.

D

Bush's home state was Texas, which gave him a tremendous number of electoral votes in the election.

E

Bush's personal charm and wit during the presidential debates sealed his victory.