Election of 1980

In 1980, the former governor of California, and famous actor, Ronald Reagan, faced the incumbent Jimmy Carter.  The two differed in Cold War policy, with Reagan favoring a more aggressive stance against Russia.  They differed in temperament, with Reagan taking on a more positive persona.  And they differed in economics, with Reagan claiming America was in a recession and in need of government intervention.

Reagan gained a boost in televised debates, a clear advantage for the seasoned actor.  He won with 51% of the popular vote and 91% of the electoral vote.

Campaign Poster

Reagan for President: Let’s Make America Great Again, poster, 1980 (I Agree to See)

election of 1980 map

National Atlas

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