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1980 United States presidential election in Connecticut

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Nominee Ronald Reagan Jimmy Carter John B. Anderson
Party Republican Democratic Independent
Home state California Georgia Illinois
Running mate George H. W. Bush Walter Mondale Patrick Lucey
Electoral vote 8 0 0
Popular vote 677,210 541,732 171,807
Percentage 48.16% 38.52% 12.22%

United States presidential election in Connecticut, 1980 results by county.svg
County results

President before election

Jimmy Carter

Elected President

Ronald Reagan

The 1980 United States presidential election in Connecticut took place on November 4, 1980. All 50 states and The District of Columbia, were part of the 1980 United States presidential election. Connecticut voters chose eight electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Connecticut was won by former California Governor Ronald Reagan by 10 points. [1] President of the United States Jimmy Carter failed to gain reelection against Reagan. Connecticut election results reflect the Republican Party's re-consolidation under what is popularly call the "Reagan Revolution," [2] which sounded overwhelming conservative electoral victories across the United States.

The already embattled incumbent Democratic president Carter was hurt in the state by the strong third party candidacy of John Anderson, a liberal Republican Congressman who ran in 1980 as an independent after failing to win the Republican Party's own presidential nomination. Anderson proved very popular with liberal and moderate voters in New England who normally leaned Democratic but were dissatisfied with the policies of the Carter Administration and viewed Reagan as too far to the right. New England overall would prove to be Anderson's strongest region in the nation, with all six New England states giving double-digit percentages to Anderson. In fact, Connecticut would prove to be Anderson's fifth strongest state in the nation after Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. His 12.22% of the vote in the state was nearly double the 6.61% he got nationwide. [3]


1980 United States presidential election in Connecticut [4]
Party Candidate Running mate Popular vote Electoral vote
Count % Count %
Republican Ronald Reagan of California George Bush of Texas 677,210 48.16% 8 100.00%
Democratic Jimmy Carter of Georgia Walter Mondale of Minnesota 541,732 38.52% 0 0.00%
Independent John B. Anderson of Illinois Patrick Lucey of Wisconsin 171,807 12.22% 0 0.00%
Libertarian Ed Clark of California David H. Koch of Kansas 8,570 0.61% 0 0.00%
Citizens Barry Commoner of Missouri La Donna Harris of Oklahoma 6,130 0.44% 0 0.00%
{{{party}}} Write-ins Write-ins 836 0.06% 0 0.00%
Total 1,406,285 100.00% 8 100.00%


  1. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2015-03-18.
  2. ^ Jerry Lanson (2008-11-06). "A historic victory. A changed nation. Now, can Obama deliver?". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2013-04-27.
  3. ^ "1980 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  4. ^ "1980 Presidential General Election Results - Connecticut". U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 17 March 2015.