United States presidential election in Vermont, 1980 Article

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United States presidential election in Vermont, 1980

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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 3 0 0
Popular vote 94,598 81,891 31,760
Percentage 44.37% 38.41% 14.90%

Vermont Presidential Election Results by County 1980.svg
County Results
  Carter—<50%
  Reagan—<50%
  Reagan—50-60%

President before election

Jimmy Carter
Democratic

Elected President

Ronald Reagan
Republican

The 1980 United States presidential election in Vermont took place on November 4, 1980, as part of the 1980 United States Presidential Election which was held throughout all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Vermont voted for the Republican nominee Ronald Reagan of California and his running mate George H.W. Bush of Texas. Reagan took 44.37% of the vote to incumbent Democratic President Jimmy Carter’s 38.41%, a victory margin of 5.96%. Independent John Anderson took 14.90%.

While winning in a nationwide electoral landslide, Reagan’s victory in Vermont was the weakest victory for a Republican nominee in the Green Mountain State since the founding of the GOP, with only Barry Goldwater having performed worse when he lost the state in the 1964 Democratic landslide.

Long a bastion of liberal Republicanism, Vermont was the only state in the nation to swing Democratic in 1980, having delivered a more comfortable 11.20% margin of victory to moderate Republican Gerald Ford just four years earlier in 1976, even as the rest of the nation swung hard toward the GOP in 1980. Whereas Ford had swept every county in the state of Vermont, Reagan narrowly lost two Northwestern counties, Chittenden and Grand Isle, to Carter. The conservative Reagan would bleed a substantial amount of support in the state to John Anderson, who had been a liberal Republican congressman before mounting his independent bid for the presidency.

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 viewed Reagan as too far to the right and with normally leaning Democratic voters who were dissatisfied with the policies of the Carter Administration. 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, Vermont would ultimately prove to be John Anderson’s second strongest state in the nation after neighboring Massachusetts, his 14.9% of the vote in the state more than double the 6.61% he got nationwide [1].

This election would mark the beginning of Vermont’s transition from a staunchly Republican state to being one of the most Democratic states. Ronald Reagan represented the ascendency of the conservative movement within the modern Republican Party, a party which would become increasingly dominated by conservatives, Southerners, and Evangelical Christians during and after Reagan's administration. Vermont would consequently begin shifting increasingly toward the Democrats in the years to come. It is a highly Democratic state today, as of 2017, as it has been for nearly 25 years.

Results

United States presidential election in Vermont, 1980 [2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Ronald Reagan 94,598 44.37% 3
Democratic Jimmy Carter 81,891 38.41% 0
Independent John Anderson 31,760 14.90% 0
Citizens Barry Commoner 2,316 1.09% 0
Libertarian Ed Clark 1,900 0.89% 0
No party Write-ins 413 0.19% 0
Socialist David McReynolds 136 0.06% 0
Communist Gus Hall 118 0.06% 0
Socialist Workers Clifton DeBerry 75 0.04% 0
Totals 213,207 100.00% 3
Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered) 58%/68%

Results by county

County Reagan# Reagan% Carter# Carter% Anderson# Anderson% Others# Others% Total votes cast
Addison 5,216 44.85% 4,351 37.41% 1,751 15.06% 312 2.68% 11,630
Bennington 6,091 44.39% 5,361 39.07% 1,978 14.42% 291 2.12% 13,721
Caledonia 5,986 56.88% 3,284 31.21% 1,068 10.15% 185 1.76% 10,523
Chittenden 18,310 39.00% 18,967 40.40% 8,409 17.91% 1257 2.68% 46,943
Essex 1,305 55.77% 799 34.15% 148 6.32% 88 3.76% 2,340
Franklin 5,998 44.61% 5,914 43.99% 1,350 10.04% 183 1.36% 13,445
Grand Isle 947 42.28% 999 44.60% 260 11.61% 34 1.52% 2,240
Lamoille 3,228 46.85% 2,414 35.04% 1,048 15.21% 200 2.90% 6,890
Orange 4,656 49.52% 3,079 32.75% 1,371 14.58% 296 3.15% 9,402
Orleans 4,473 48.69% 3,671 39.96% 865 9.42% 178 1.94% 9,187
Rutland 11,142 45.98% 9,596 39.60% 3,174 13.10% 322 1.33% 24,234
Washington 9,714 41.96% 9,559 41.29% 3,256 14.06% 622 2.69% 23,151
Windham 7,062 42.55% 5,830 35.12% 3,167 19.08% 539 3.25% 16,598
Windsor 10,470 45.71% 8,067 35.22% 3,915 17.09% 451 1.97% 22,903
Totals 94,598 44.37% 81,891 38.41% 31,760 14.90% 4,958 2.33% 213,207

References

  1. ^ "1980 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  2. ^ "1980 Presidential General Election Results - Vermont". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-04-14.