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1980 Presidential Election


Ronald Reagan vs Jimmy Carter (November 4th, 1980)


Ronald Reagan won over 50% of the Popular Vote and nearly 500 Electoral Votes to claim the top prize of 1980 - this against incumbent Jimmy Carter.
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Ronald Reagan (CA)
Republican

Occupation: Politics
Running Mate: George H.W. Bush
Carried Home State (California): Yes
Incumbent Status: No
489
Electoral Votes (270 needed to win)
44 of 50 states carried (88%)


43,903,230
Popular Vote (55.3%)
49
Electoral Votes (270 needed to win)
6 of 50 states carried (12%)


35,480,115
Popular Vote (44.7%)
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Jimmy Carter (GA)
Democrat

Occupation: Politics
Running Mate: Walter Mondale
Carried Home State (George): Yes
Incumbent Status: Yes




NOTES:
Incumbent Jimmy Carter failed to net a second term, claiming just six states (and D.C.) as the Republicans moved to take control of the White House for the foreseeable future through Ronald Reagan's landslide victory.


TOTAL ELECTORAL VOTES AVAILABLE by REGION:
NORTHEAST - 122 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont)
MIDWEST - 145 (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin)
WEST - 102 (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)
SOUTH - 166 (Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia)
SPECIAL - 3 (District of Columbia)