November 9, 1988
George Bush won North Carolina's 13 electoral votes by a wide margin and Gov. James G. Martin became the first Republican chief executive ever reelected in North Carolina. With 96% of the precincts reporting, Bush had 58% of the vote to 42% for Michael S. Dukakis. Martin defeated Democratic Lt. Gov. Bob Jordan, who charged the governor with presiding over an unethical and incompetent administration. Martin, 52, is a former college chemistry professor and six-term congressman.