United States presidential election in Vermont, 1984 Article

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United States presidential election in Vermont, 1984

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  President Reagan 1985 closeup.jpg Vice President Mondale 1977 closeup.jpg
Nominee Ronald Reagan Walter Mondale
Party Republican Democratic
Home state California Minnesota
Running mate George H.W. Bush Geraldine Ferraro
Electoral vote 3 0
Popular vote 135,865 95,730
Percentage 57.92% 40.81%

Vermont Election Results by County 1984.svg
County Results
  Reagan—50-60%
  Reagan—60-70%

President before election

Ronald Reagan
Republican

Elected President

Ronald Reagan
Republican

The 1984 United States presidential election in Vermont took place on November 6, 1984, as part of the 1984 United States presidential election, which was held throughout all fifty states and D.C. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Vermont voted for the Republican nominee, incumbent President Ronald Reagan, over the Democratic nominee, former Vice President Walter Mondale, by a margin of 17.11%. Reagan took 57.92% of the vote to Mondale's 40.81%.

1984 would prove to be the last election in which Vermont was considered a safe Republican state, becoming a swing state in 1988 and eventually one of the most liberal of blue states after 1992. While Reagan himself won the state comfortably, the Republican Party’s shift to the right he represented was already causing signs of weakness to develop in Vermont. Between 1856 and 1956 generally the most Republican state in the country, the scale of Reagan’s nationwide landslide concealed the fact that 1984 was the second election in a row in which Vermont was more Democratic than the nation as a whole: Reagan had carried the state by 17.11 percent versus his 18.22 percent national victory margin, making the state 1.11 percent more Democratic than the nation. Prior to Reagan, Vermont had been more Republican than the nation in every election from the founding of the Republican Party until 1980, except 1964, when another conservative, Barry Goldwater, was the Republican nominee. By contrast, as recently as 1976, moderate Republican Gerald Ford had performed 13.26 percent stronger in Vermont than he did nationally.

1984 would be the last time in which a Republican presidential nominee carried every county in Vermont, and the last when the GOP carried Grand Isle, Chittenden, Franklin, Addison and Windham Counties. [1]

Results

United States presidential election in Vermont, 1984 [2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Ronald Reagan 135,865 57.92% 3
Democratic Walter Mondale 95,730 40.81% 0
Libertarian David Bergland 1,002 0.43% 0
No party Write-ins 712 0.30% 0
Independent Lyndon LaRouche 423 0.18% 0
Liberty Union ( New Alliance) Dennis L. Serrette 323 0.14% 0
Citizens Sonia Johnson 264 0.11% 0
Socialist Workers Melvin T. Mason 127 0.05% 0
Communist Gus Hall 115 0.05% 0
Totals 234,561 100.00% 3
Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered) 60%/70%

Results by county

County Reagan# Reagan% Mondale# Mondale% Others# Others% Total votes cast
Addison 7,589 58.26% 5,299 40.68% 137 1.05% 13,025
Bennington 9,035 59.11% 6,039 39.51% 210 1.37% 15,284
Caledonia 7,249 68.32% 3,223 30.38% 138 1.30% 10,610
Chittenden 30,217 54.11% 24,830 44.46% 798 1.43% 55,845
Essex 1,632 69.48% 693 29.50% 24 1.02% 2,349
Franklin 8,683 59.63% 5,755 39.52% 124 0.85% 14,562
Grand Isle 1,537 60.27% 980 38.43% 33 1.29% 2,550
Lamoille 4,674 62.10% 2,746 36.49% 106 1.41% 7,526
Orange 6,407 60.24% 4,088 38.44% 140 1.32% 10,635
Orleans 5,966 63.53% 3,294 35.08% 131 1.39% 9,391
Rutland 15,236 60.98% 9,545 38.20% 204 0.82% 24,985
Washington 13,706 54.48% 11,163 44.37% 289 1.15% 25,158
Windham 9,880 54.05% 8,206 44.89% 193 1.06% 18,279
Windsor 14,054 57.96% 9,869 40.70% 324 1.34% 24,247
Totals 135,865 57.95% 95,730 40.83% 2,851 1.22% 234,446

References

  1. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  2. ^ "1984 Presidential General Election Results - Vermont". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-02-07.