George Bush captured Oklahoma’s eight electoral votes, marking the sixth straight time Republicans have won the state’s presidential race despite a Democratic voter registration edge of 2 to 1.
Bush piled up huge margins in the heavily Republican areas of Tulsa and Oklahoma City even though the state’s oil-based economy had suffered in recent years.
With 98% of the precincts reporting, Bush had 58% of the vote to 42% for Michael S. Dukakis.
Dukakis did not campaign in Oklahoma after coming in third in the Democratic primary last March, although his running mate, Sen. Lloyd Bensten (D-Tex.), appeared several times in his neighboring state.