A liberalNew England state, Rhode Island gave Dukakis his strongest state victory in the nation, with only the District of Columbia voting more Democratic. It was one of just two states (along with Iowa) to vote Democratic by a double-digit margin, and one of only two states (along with Hawaii) to have all of its counties go to Dukakis. Despite this, it was still a relatively strong Republican performance compared to how the state has trended since. The state has voted Democratic in every presidential election that followed. This remains the last time a Republican candidate won over 40% of the vote in Rhode Island.
^This figure is calculated by dividing the total number of votes cast in 1988 (385,027) by an estimate of the number of registered voters in Rhode Island in 1988 (548,758). See "Voter Turnout, 1988". Rhode Island Board of Elections. Retrieved February 6, 2018.