1980 Election Results 2020

The 1980 U.S. presidential election was a contest between incumbent Democrat President Jimmy Carter and Republican candidate, former California Governor Ronald Reagan. Additionally, Republican John B. Anderson ran as an independent candidate.

President Carter received opposition for renomination from Senator Ted Kennedy, the brother of the late President John F. Kennedy. President Carter’s campaign was boosted by the hostage crisis in Iran that started in 1979, as Americans rally around the president in times of crisis. His nomination was allegedly solidified at a Democratic convention in New York City where Ted Kennedy avoided shaking Carter’s hand.

Ronald Reagan was originally a Democrat but turned to the Republican Party and was first elected as Governor of California in 1966. He served two terms as the governor and unsuccessfully ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1968 and 1976.

Some major topics at the time included issues such as rising unemployment, rising inflation, the hostage crisis in Iran, and the Cold War with the USSR. Despite this, most of the campaign was spent y the two candidates taking jabs at one another. Reagan shamed the “big government” and Carter’s unpopular stances on the need for energy conservation, as well as doubted his and his administration’s competence. Carter spent most of his campaign attacking Reagan for being an “extremist.”

The only presidential debate was held one week before the election. To the American observers, Carter had won the debate on substance. Reagan’s calm and moderate tone had helped get rid of any “dangerous” or “extremist” views people may have had of him thanks to Carter’s portrayal of him.

On November 4th, 1980, the American people voted for their new president.

President Jimmy Carter won the following states:

  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Rhode Island
  • West Virginia

Ronald Reagan won the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Ronald Reagan won the election by a landslide. Ronald Reagan received 43,901,812 votes and Jimmy Carter received 35,483,820 votes. Reagan received 489 electoral votes while Carter only received 49. Independent candidate John Anderson received 5,719,850 votes but did not receive any electoral votes.

Ronald Reagan became the 40th president of the United States and was inaugurated on January 20, 1981.

1980 Election Results 2020

Source:

Presidential Election - 1980

Reagan*
489
Carter
49
AL
Ronald Reagan48.75%
Jimmy Carter47.75%
AK
Ronald Reagan54.35%
Jimmy Carter26.41%
AZ
Ronald Reagan60.61%
Jimmy Carter28.24%
AR
Ronald Reagan48.13%
Jimmy Carter47.52%
CA
Ronald Reagan52.69%
Jimmy Carter35.91%
CO
Ronald Reagan55.07%
Jimmy Carter31.07%
CT
Ronald Reagan48.16%
Jimmy Carter38.52%
DE
Ronald Reagan47.21%
Jimmy Carter44.87%
DC
Ronald Reagan13.41%
Jimmy Carter74.89%
FL
Ronald Reagan55.52%
Jimmy Carter38.5%
GA
Ronald Reagan40.95%
Jimmy Carter55.76%
HI
Ronald Reagan42.9%
Jimmy Carter44.8%
ID
Ronald Reagan66.46%
Jimmy Carter25.19%
IL
Ronald Reagan49.65%
Jimmy Carter41.72%
IN
Ronald Reagan56.01%
Jimmy Carter37.65%
IA
Ronald Reagan51.31%
Jimmy Carter38.6%
KS
Ronald Reagan57.85%
Jimmy Carter33.29%
KY
Ronald Reagan49.07%
Jimmy Carter47.61%
LA
Ronald Reagan51.2%
Jimmy Carter45.75%
ME
Ronald Reagan45.61%
Jimmy Carter42.25%
MD
Ronald Reagan44.18%
Jimmy Carter47.14%
MA
Ronald Reagan41.9%
Jimmy Carter41.75%
MI
Ronald Reagan48.99%
Jimmy Carter42.5%
MN
Ronald Reagan42.56%
Jimmy Carter46.5%
MS
Ronald Reagan49.42%
Jimmy Carter48.09%
MO
Ronald Reagan51.16%
Jimmy Carter44.35%
MT
Ronald Reagan56.82%
Jimmy Carter32.43%
NE
Ronald Reagan65.53%
Jimmy Carter26.04%
NV
Ronald Reagan62.54%
Jimmy Carter26.89%
NH
Ronald Reagan57.74%
Jimmy Carter28.35%
NJ
Ronald Reagan51.97%
Jimmy Carter38.56%
NM
Ronald Reagan54.97%
Jimmy Carter36.78%
NY
Ronald Reagan46.66%
Jimmy Carter43.99%
NC
Ronald Reagan49.3%
Jimmy Carter47.18%
ND
Ronald Reagan64.23%
Jimmy Carter26.26%
OH
Ronald Reagan51.51%
Jimmy Carter40.91%
OK
Ronald Reagan60.5%
Jimmy Carter34.97%
OR
Ronald Reagan48.33%
Jimmy Carter38.67%
PA
Ronald Reagan49.59%
Jimmy Carter42.48%
RI
Ronald Reagan37.2%
Jimmy Carter47.67%
SC
Ronald Reagan49.57%
Jimmy Carter48.04%
SD
Ronald Reagan60.53%
Jimmy Carter31.69%
TN
Ronald Reagan48.7%
Jimmy Carter48.41%
TX
Ronald Reagan55.28%
Jimmy Carter41.42%
UT
Ronald Reagan72.77%
Jimmy Carter20.57%
VT
Ronald Reagan44.37%
Jimmy Carter38.41%
VA
Ronald Reagan53.03%
Jimmy Carter40.31%
WA
Ronald Reagan49.66%
Jimmy Carter37.32%
WV
Ronald Reagan45.3%
Jimmy Carter49.81%
WI
Ronald Reagan47.9%
Jimmy Carter43.18%
WY
Ronald Reagan62.64%
Jimmy Carter27.97%

Last Updated: 2020-04-03

1980 Election Results

Source:
State Democrat Republican
Alabama47.75%48.75%
Alaska26.41%54.35%
Arizona28.24%60.61%
Arkansas47.52%48.13%
California35.91%52.69%
Colorado31.07%55.07%
Connecticut38.52%48.16%
Delaware44.87%47.21%
District of Columbia74.89%13.41%
Florida38.50%55.52%
Georgia55.76%40.95%
Hawaii44.80%42.90%
Idaho25.19%66.46%
Illinois41.72%49.65%
Indiana37.65%56.01%
Iowa38.60%51.31%
Kansas33.29%57.85%
Kentucky47.61%49.07%
Louisiana45.75%51.20%
Maine42.25%45.61%
Maryland47.14%44.18%
Massachusetts41.75%41.90%
Michigan42.50%48.99%
Minnesota46.50%42.56%
Mississippi48.09%49.42%
Missouri44.35%51.16%
Montana32.43%56.82%
Nebraska26.04%65.53%
Nevada26.89%62.54%
New Hampshire28.35%57.74%
New Jersey38.56%51.97%
New Mexico36.78%54.97%
New York43.99%46.66%
North Carolina47.18%49.30%
North Dakota26.26%64.23%
Ohio40.91%51.51%
Oklahoma34.97%60.50%
Oregon38.67%48.33%
Pennsylvania42.48%49.59%
Rhode Island47.67%37.20%
South Carolina48.04%49.57%
South Dakota31.69%60.53%
Tennessee48.41%48.70%
Texas41.42%55.28%
Utah20.57%72.77%
Vermont38.41%44.37%
Virginia40.31%53.03%
Washington37.32%49.66%
West Virginia49.81%45.30%
Wisconsin43.18%47.90%
Wyoming27.97%62.64%