Why was George W. Bush the only Republican elected President since 1992?

His father the elder George Bush beat Democrat Michael Dukakis in a landslide in 1988 but lost to Bill Clinton in 1992. George W. himself was elected President twice (2000 and 2004) although his majorities in the Electoral College were both under 300 electoral votes, and in 2000 he actually trailed Al Gore in the... show more His father the elder George Bush beat Democrat Michael Dukakis in a landslide in 1988 but lost to Bill Clinton in 1992. George W. himself was elected President twice (2000 and 2004) although his majorities in the Electoral College were both under 300 electoral votes, and in 2000 he actually trailed Al Gore in the popular vote. Bush Sr., Bob Dole, John McCain, and Mitt Romney all won the GOP nomination and lost at least once to the Democratic Party nominee.

Contrast this with the six presidential elections from 1968 to 1988, and virtually every Democratic nominee (Hubert Humphrey, Geirge McGovern, Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, and Michael Dukakis) suffered a landslide defeat in the Electoral College (Carter was elected in 1976, but lost in 1980).
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