Favorite son Michael S. Dukakis easily carried his home state and won its 13 electoral votes.
Dukakis, governor for 10 of the last 14 years, had 54% of the vote to George Bush’s 46%, with 78% of the precincts reporting.
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy coasted to his sixth term with 66% of the vote. Ten liberal Democrats, including Joseph Kennedy, won House seats, as did Silvio O. Conte, the delegation’s only Republican.
By wide margins, voters decided to keep the state’s 2 nuclear plants in operation, upheld a “prevailing wage” law for public construction projects and rejected a measure aimed at protecting farm animals from cruelty.