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United States presidential election, 1980

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Nominee Ronald Reagan Jimmy Carter John B. Anderson
Party Republican Democrat Independent
Home state California Georgia Illinois
Running mate George H. W. Bush Walter Mondale Patrick Lucey
Electoral vote 489 49 0
States carried 44 6 + DC 0
Popular vote 43,903,230 35,480,115 5,719,850
Percentage 50.7% 41.0% 6.6%

Presidential election results map. Red denotes states won by Reagan/Bush, Blue denotes those won by Carter/Mondale.

President before election

Jimmy Carter

Elected President

Ronald Reagan

This election was mainly between Democrat Jimmy Carter (President) and Republican Ronald Reagan (Former Governor of California). The election also featured John B. Anderson, who was a notable third party candidate.

The country had a lot of problems during the election. The economy was bad (it was in a recession). Inflation was very high. There was an energy crisis. Iran, after the Iranian Revolution was holding 52 Americans hostage.

Reagan campaigned for to cut income taxes and to reduce government spending overall while increasing defense spending to challenge the Soviet Union in the Cold War. Carter campaigned for more government programs and mentioned the importance of human rights and preventing nuclear war.

Ronald Reagan won the election by a landslide, meaning that he had a lot more votes than his opponent.

Ronald Reagan's victory resulted in the Republicans gaining more power for the next few decades.


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