1988: Republican presidential candidate Vice President George H.W. Bush beats Democratic candidate Massachusetts Gov. Mike Dukakis to become the 41st president of the United States. The election proved to be the third consecutive Republican landslide, with Bush garnering 53.4 percent of the popular vote on his way to carrying 40 states and collecting 426 electoral votes, as compared to Dukakis' 45.7 percent, 10 states plus Washington, D.C., and 111 electoral votes. No candidate since the election has managed to equal or surpass Bush's number of electoral votes won or popular vote percentage.