Ronald Reagan presidential campaign, 1980
Ronald Reagan, the 33rd Governor of California, announced his candidacy for President of the United States in New York City on November 13, 1979. On July 17, 1980, he became the nominee of the Republican Party for the 1980 presidential election. William J. Casey managed Reagan's campaign.
The slogan of his campaign were "Are You Better Off Than You Were Four Years Ago?" and "Make America Great Again".
After winning the Republican nomination, he selected one of his opponents in the primary elections, George H. W. Bush, to be his running mate (vice president candidate).
On November 4, 1980, Reagan won 44 states and 489 electoral votes to win the election. Jimmy Carter, the then-current president, carried six states, as well as Washington, D.C., and won 49 electoral votes. Reagan won 50.7 percent of the popular vote, Carter took 41 percent, and Independent John B. Anderson (a liberal Republican) received 6.7 percent.
Reagan was inaugurated on January 20, 1981.
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