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United States presidential election, 1984

← 1980 November 6, 1984 1988 →
  Official Portrait of President Reagan 1981.jpg U.S Vice-President Walter Mondale.jpg
Nominee Ronald Reagan Walter Mondale
Party Republican Democrat
Home state California Minnesota
Running mate George H. W. Bush Geraldine Ferraro
Electoral vote 525 13
States carried 49 1 + DC
Popular vote 54,455,472 37,577,352
Percentage 58.8% 40.6%

Presidential election results map. Red denotes states won by Reagan/Bush, Blue denotes the state won by Mondale/Ferraro.

President before election

Ronald Reagan

Elected President

Ronald Reagan

This election was a contest between Democrat Walter Mondale (the vice president of Jimmy Carter) and Republican Ronald Reagan (the president at the time).

During the debates, Mondale criticized Ronald Reagan's idea (called Strategic Defense Initiative) to build a missile defense system and also criticized him for making the government borrow too much money.

The bad economy of 1982 ended, and the economy recovered very quickly. During the election, the economy was the greatest has ever been in many years. Ronald Reagan called it "Morning In America".

Ronald Reagan won the election by a huge landslide (winning 49 out of 50 states).

This election received the highest electoral votes towards any presidential nominee in American history. It is the lowest electoral vote for a Democratic nominee and the highest for a Republican to date.


Republican Party

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Democratic Party

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