Ventura County voters showed their support for Republican George Bush Tuesday by voting for him at a rate 7% higher than the average rate nationally.
Nationally, Bush defeated Democrat Michael S. Dukakis 54% to 46%. In Ventura, his margin was 61.3% to 37.1%. With 71.2% of Ventura County's registered voters going to the polls, Bush collected 138,691 votes to Dukakis' 84,068.
Tuesday's voter turnout was lower than in the 1984 presidential election, when 77.5% of registered voters cast ballots.
Ventura County voters also supported the reelection of Sen. Pete Wilson (R-San Diego) by a larger margin than did the rest of California. Wilson received 62.3% to Lt. Gov. Leo McCarthy's 34.3%. Statewide, Wilson won by a 54%-to-46% vote.
Support for Proposition 95, which imposes fines on those who violate health, safety and building codes and channels the money to homeless groups, was rejected in Ventura County and the rest of the state. The measure was rejected in Ventura County by 54.89% to 45.2%.