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United States Presidential Election in Wisconsin, 1980
1980 United States presidential election in Wisconsin

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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 11 0 0
Popular vote 1,088,845 981,584 160,657
Percentage 47.90% 43.18% 7.1%

Wisconsin Presidential Election Results 1980.svg
County Results

President before election

Jimmy Carter
Democratic

Elected President

Ronald Reagan
Republican

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

Primaries

Democratic primary

Candidate Votes Delegates
Jimmy Carter 353,662 46
Ted Kennedy 189,520 25
Jerry Brown 74,496 10
Others 11,491 0
Totals 629,916 81

Republican primary

Candidate Votes Delegates
Ronald Reagan 364,898 15
George H. W. Bush 276,164 11
John B. Anderson 248,623 10
Howard Baker 3,298 0
Others 9,919 0
Totals 902,902 37

Campaign and vote

In the earliest polls in August, Reagan was well ahead of Carter.[1] Independent candidate John B. Anderson, who had recently chosen former Badger State Governor Patrick Lucey as his running mate,[2] was ahead of Carter in some normally Democratic districts of the state.[1] Anderson was the first of the three leading candidates to campaign in the state, doing so alongside his running mate early in September,[3] Reagan campaigned in the state during the first week of October, when he was ahead by 5 points in a recent poll, and argued that his tax cuts are necessary to aid business and an economy affected by stagflation.[4] Carter would not campaign in Wisconsin until the second week of October, when he argued against Reagan's nuclear and military arms positions, arguing that they could lead to interventions that were "jingoistic", "macho" and "guided by a desire to push everybody around".[5]

In October, Reagan continued to lead in Wisconsin, although his lead fell as Anderson's strength dropped below the 20 percent level where it had been during September.[6]

Wisconsin was untimately won by Reagan and running mate and former C.I.A. Director George H. W. Bush of Texas against incumbent President Carter by 4.72 points, about what had been expected at the beginning of October.[7]

Results

1980 United States presidential election in Wisconsin[7]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Ronald Reagan 1,088,845 47.90% 11
Democratic Jimmy Carter 981,584 43.18% 0
Independent John B. Anderson 160,657 7.07% 0
Libertarian Ed Clark 29,135 1.28% 0
Independent Barry Commoner 7,767 0.34% 0
Constitution John Rarick 1,519 0.07% 0
Write-Ins 1,337 0.06% 0
Independent David McReynolds 808 0.04% 0
Independent Gus Hall 772 0.03% 0
Independent Deirdre Griswold 414 0.02% 0
Independent Clifton DeBerry 383[a] 0.02% 0
Totals 2,272,838 100.0% 11

Results by county

County Ronald Wilson Reagan
Republican
James Earl Carter
Democratic
John Bayard Anderson
Independent
Edward E. Clark
Libertarian
Barry Commoner
Independent
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast[8]
# % # % # % # % # % # % # %
Adams 3,304 50.69% 2,773 42.54% 318 4.88% 103 1.58% 8 0.12% 12 0.18% 531 8.15% 6,518
Ashland 3,262 37.56% 4,469 51.46% 685 7.89% 125 1.44% 108 1.24% 36 0.41% -1,207 -13.90% 8,685
Barron 8,791 47.05% 8,654 46.32% 883 4.73% 287 1.54% 54 0.29% 16 0.09% 137 0.73% 18,685
Bayfield 3,278 42.08% 3,705 47.57% 554 7.11% 148 1.90% 87 1.12% 17 0.22% -427 -5.48% 7,789
Brown 47,067 56.72% 29,796 35.91% 4,680 5.64% 1,127 1.36% 205 0.25% 102 0.12% 17,271 20.81% 82,977
Buffalo 3,569 48.11% 3,276 44.16% 404 5.45% 144 1.94% 17 0.23% 8 0.11% 293 3.95% 7,418
Burnett 3,027 44.81% 3,200 47.37% 393 5.82% 103 1.52% 24 0.36% 8 0.12% -173 -2.56% 6,755
Calumet 7,885 55.17% 5,036 35.23% 1,064 7.44% 232 1.62% 13 0.09% 63 0.44% 2,849 19.93% 14,293
Chippewa 10,531 48.06% 9,836 44.89% 1,160 5.29% 332 1.52% 28 0.13% 25 0.11% 695 3.17% 21,912
Clark 7,921 52.73% 6,091 40.54% 679 4.52% 300 2.00% 16 0.11% 16 0.11% 1,830 12.18% 15,023
Columbia 10,478 49.90% 8,715 41.51% 1,373 6.54% 332 1.58% 48 0.23% 50 0.24% 1,763 8.40% 20,996
Crawford 3,934 50.08% 3,392 43.18% 371 4.72% 110 1.40% 39 0.50% 10 0.13% 542 6.90% 7,856
Dane 57,545 34.17% 85,609 50.84% 19,772 11.74% 2,216 1.32% 2,807 1.67% 456 0.27% -28,064 -16.66% 168,405
Dodge 19,435 57.70% 11,966 35.53% 1,709 5.07% 484 1.44% 34 0.10% 54 0.16% 7,469 22.18% 33,682
Door 7,170 55.23% 4,961 38.21% 655 5.05% 154 1.19% 26 0.20% 16 0.12% 2,209 17.02% 12,982
Douglas 7,258 34.24% 11,703 55.21% 1,728 8.15% 400 1.89% 51 0.24% 59 0.28% -4,445 -20.97% 21,199
Dunn 7,428 43.47% 7,743 45.31% 1,565 9.16% 235 1.38% 92 0.54% 25 0.15% -315 -1.84% 17,088
Eau Claire 17,304 44.46% 17,602 45.22% 3,486 8.96% 389 1.00% 105 0.27% 36 0.09% -298 -0.77% 38,922
Florence 1,187 52.52% 943 41.73% 86 3.81% 31 1.37% 6 0.27% 7 0.31% 244 10.80% 2,260
Fond du Lac 24,196 56.97% 15,293 36.01% 2,191 5.16% 668 1.57% 62 0.15% 60 0.14% 8,903 20.96% 42,470
Forest 2,070 44.29% 2,402 51.39% 141 3.02% 55 1.18% 3 0.06% 3 0.06% -332 -7.10% 4,674
Grant 13,298 55.82% 8,406 35.28% 1,690 7.09% 368 1.54% 44 0.18% 18 0.08% 4,892 20.53% 23,824
Green 7,714 54.03% 5,336 37.37% 947 6.63% 245 1.72% 29 0.20% 6 0.04% 2,378 16.66% 14,277
Green Lake 5,868 63.42% 2,851 30.81% 368 3.98% 151 1.63% 7 0.08% 7 0.08% 3,017 32.61% 9,252
Iowa 4,068 45.24% 4,154 46.20% 546 6.07% 166 1.85% 48 0.53% 10 0.11% -86 -0.96% 8,992
Iron 1,811 45.04% 1,941 48.27% 219 5.45% 39 0.97% 7 0.17% 4 0.10% -130 -3.23% 4,021
Jackson 4,327 50.80% 3,629 42.61% 413 4.85% 115 1.35% 21 0.25% 12 0.14% 698 8.20% 8,517
Jefferson 16,174 53.91% 11,335 37.78% 1,925 6.42% 446 1.49% 59 0.20% 61 0.20% 4,839 16.13% 30,000
Juneau 5,591 55.14% 3,884 38.30% 463 4.57% 169 1.67% 15 0.15% 18 0.18% 1,707 16.83% 10,140
Kenosha 24,481 43.82% 26,738 47.86% 3,802 6.81% 684 1.22% 64 0.11% 94 0.17% -2,257 -4.04% 55,863
Kewaunee 5,577 57.05% 3,706 37.91% 318 3.25% 147 1.50% 15 0.15% 12 0.12% 1,871 19.14% 9,775
La Crosse 23,427 51.73% 17,304 38.21% 3,652 8.06% 480 1.06% 371 0.82% 51 0.11% 6,123 13.52% 45,285
Lafayette 4,421 51.46% 3,598 41.88% 450 5.24% 107 1.25% 8 0.09% 7 0.08% 823 9.58% 8,591
Langlade 4,866 49.30% 4,498 45.57% 369 3.74% 112 1.13% 16 0.16% 10 0.10% 368 3.73% 9,871
Lincoln 6,473 50.75% 5,438 42.63% 630 4.94% 192 1.51% 13 0.10% 9 0.07% 1,035 8.11% 12,755
Manitowoc 18,591 48.00% 17,330 44.74% 2,014 5.20% 653 1.69% 51 0.13% 93 0.24% 1,261 3.26% 38,732
Marathon 25,868 48.34% 23,281 43.50% 3,257 6.09% 914 1.71% 102 0.19% 92 0.17% 2,587 4.83% 53,514
Marinette 10,444 54.49% 7,718 40.27% 683 3.56% 283 1.48% 22 0.11% 17 0.09% 2,726 14.22% 19,167
Marquette 3,166 54.78% 2,180 37.72% 270 4.67% 126 2.18% 10 0.17% 27 0.47% 986 17.06% 5,779
Menominee 302 32.26% 544 58.12% 57 6.09% 11 1.18% 6 0.64% 16 1.71% -242 -25.85% 936
Milwaukee 183,450 39.54% 240,174 51.76% 34,281 7.39% 3,843 0.83% 1,105 0.24% 1,155 0.25% -56,724 -12.22% 464,008
Monroe 8,136 51.87% 6,521 41.58% 780 4.97% 202 1.29% 33 0.21% 12 0.08% 1,615 10.30% 15,684
Oconto 8,292 58.01% 5,352 37.44% 440 3.08% 176 1.23% 20 0.14% 13 0.09% 2,940 20.57% 14,293
Oneida 8,602 51.19% 7,008 41.70% 832 4.95% 306 1.82% 40 0.24% 17 0.10% 1,594 9.49% 16,805
Outagamie 31,500 52.99% 21,284 35.81% 5,735 9.65% 749 1.26% 110 0.19% 63 0.11% 10,216 17.19% 59,441
Ozaukee 21,371 61.00% 10,779 30.77% 2,463 7.03% 347 0.99% 46 0.13% 27 0.08% 10,592 30.23% 35,033
Pepin 1,541 44.40% 1,673 48.20% 183 5.27% 54 1.56% 12 0.35% 8 0.23% -132 -3.80% 3,471
Pierce 3,209 25.38% 7,312 57.82% 1,752 13.85% 293 2.32% 62 0.49% 18 0.14% -4,103 -32.45% 12,646
Polk 7,207 44.23% 7,607 46.68% 1,102 6.76% 328 2.01% 35 0.21% 17 0.10% -400 -2.45% 16,296
Portage 10,465 34.09% 16,443 53.56% 2,851 9.29% 463 1.51% 399 1.30% 81 0.26% -5,978 -19.47% 30,702
Price 4,028 49.30% 3,595 44.00% 394 4.82% 125 1.53% 20 0.24% 9 0.11% 433 5.30% 8,171
Racine 39,683 49.76% 33,565 42.09% 5,167 6.48% 1,054 1.32% 114 0.14% 159 0.20% 6,118 7.67% 79,742
Richland 4,601 53.57% 3,413 39.74% 413 4.81% 132 1.54% 20 0.23% 9 0.10% 1,188 13.83% 8,588
Rock 30,960 50.60% 24,740 40.44% 4,408 7.20% 888 1.45% 116 0.19% 70 0.11% 6,220 10.17% 61,182
Rusk 3,704 47.52% 3,584 45.98% 340 4.36% 135 1.73% 22 0.28% 10 0.13% 120 1.54% 7,795
Sauk 9,992 49.48% 8,456 41.87% 1,405 6.96% 290 1.44% 43 0.21% 9 0.04% 1,536 7.61% 20,195
Sawyer 3,548 50.07% 3,065 43.25% 323 4.56% 125 1.76% 18 0.25% 7 0.10% 483 6.82% 7,086
Shawano 9,922 60.96% 5,410 33.24% 652 4.01% 232 1.43% 27 0.17% 33 0.20% 4,512 27.72% 16,276
Sheboygan 23,036 47.42% 20,974 43.18% 3,859 7.94% 588 1.21% 58 0.12% 60 0.12% 2,062 4.24% 48,575
St. Croix 9,265 42.56% 10,203 46.87% 1,867 8.58% 364 1.67% 50 0.23% 18 0.08% -938 -4.31% 21,767
Taylor 4,596 51.31% 3,739 41.74% 403 4.50% 195 2.18% 18 0.20% 7 0.08% 857 9.57% 8,958
Trempealeau 5,992 49.52% 5,390 44.54% 558 4.61% 122 1.01% 30 0.25% 9 0.07% 602 4.97% 12,101
Vernon 6,528 51.11% 5,501 43.07% 494 3.87% 190 1.49% 44 0.34% 16 0.13% 1,027 8.04% 12,773
Vilas 6,034 60.80% 3,293 33.18% 421 4.24% 140 1.41% 24 0.24% 12 0.12% 2,741 27.62% 9,924
Walworth 19,194 56.90% 11,344 33.63% 2,581 7.65% 522 1.55% 58 0.17% 31 0.09% 7,850 23.27% 33,730
Washburn 3,193 46.41% 3,172 46.10% 355 5.16% 124 1.80% 35 0.51% 1 0.01% 21 0.31% 6,880
Washington 23,213 58.81% 12,944 32.79% 2,654 6.72% 561 1.42% 33 0.08% 66 0.17% 10,269 26.02% 39,471
Waukesha 81,059 58.25% 46,612 33.50% 9,778 7.03% 1,396 1.00% 149 0.11% 154 0.11% 34,447 24.76% 139,148
Waupaca 12,568 61.71% 6,401 31.43% 1,072 5.26% 268 1.32% 42 0.21% 15 0.07% 6,167 30.28% 20,366
Waushara 5,576 61.43% 2,987 32.91% 335 3.69% 141 1.55% 22 0.24% 16 0.18% 2,589 28.52% 9,077
Winnebago 34,286 53.28% 24,203 37.61% 4,779 7.43% 844 1.31% 137 0.21% 104 0.16% 10,083 15.67% 64,353
Wood 17,987 52.19% 13,804 40.05% 2,010 5.83% 555 1.61% 84 0.24% 27 0.08% 4,183 12.14% 34,467
Totals 1,088,845 47.90% 981,584 43.18% 160,657 7.07% 29,135 1.28% 7,767 0.34% 5,233 0.23% 107,261 4.72% 2,273,221

Notes

  1. ^ The DeBerry votes were not separated by county but listed only as a state-wide total.[8]

References

  1. ^ a b 'Reagan Runs Ahead of Carter, Democratic Study Group says'; Boston Globe, August 9, 1980, p. 12
  2. ^ Weaver, Warren, Jr.; 'Anderson Chooses Lucey for His Ticket: Praises Ex-Wisconsin Governor as Qualified for the White House'; Special to The New York Times, Auguts 26, 1980, p. A1
  3. ^ 'Anderson Opens Campaign in Midwest: Are Debates Critical?'; Special to the New York Times, September 2, 1980, p. B8
  4. ^ Nyhan, David; 'Reagan Aims at Economy for Votes in Key States'; Boston Globe, October 3, 1980, p. 1
  5. ^ Weisman, Steven R.; 'Carter Presses Issue of "War and Peace": In Illinois and Wisconsin, He Again Accuses Reagan of Backing Policies of Intervention'; Special to The New York Times, October 7, 1980, p. D21
  6. ^ Broder, David S.; 'The Post Survey: Reagan's Lead Is Big, But Carter Can Still Win: Reagan Leads; Carter Can Win'; The Washington Post, October 5, 1980, pp. D1, D5
  7. ^ a b "1980 Presidential General Election Results - Wisconsin". Dave Leip's U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ a b "WI US President Race, November 04, 1980". Our Campaigns.

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