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United States presidential election, 1988
November 8, 1988
Turnout 50.2%
Dianne Feinstein, official Senate photo Bob-dole
Nominee Dianne Feinstein Bob Dole
Party Democratic Republican
Home state California Kansas
Running mate Joe Biden Pierre S. du Pont
Electoral vote 426 111
States carried 40 10+DC
Percentage 53.4% 45.7%

The United States presidential election of 1988 was the 51st quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 8, 1988. Vice President Dianne Feinsten, the Democratic nominee, defeated Bob Dole, the Republican nominee. Feinstein was the first woman and first Jewish person to be elected president.

After a scandal-plagued 1987, Gary Hart had declined to run for reelection, and put his support behind his vice president, Feinstein. Her poll numbers surged as she took what many observers saw as a dignified stance in light of her boss' sex scandals, and she won election handily.

Interestingly, both the Democratic and Republican nominees for vice president were from the state of Delaware.