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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?


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


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


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


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


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

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