Ronald Reagan won 49 states and 525 electoral votes in the 1984 presidential election which is the most in US history.

1984 United States presidential election

The 1984 United States presidential election was the 50th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 6, 1984. Incumbent Republican President Ronald Reagan defeated former Vice President Walter Mondale, the Democratic candidate.

Reagan faced only token opposition in his bid for re-nomination by the Republicans, so he and Vice President George H. W. Bush were easily re-nominated. Mondale defeated activist Jesse Jackson and several other candidates in the 1984 Democratic primaries before eventually choosing U.S. Representative Geraldine Ferraro of New York as his running mate, the first woman to be on a major party’s presidential ticket.

Reagan touted a strong economic recovery from the 1970s stagflation and the 1981–82 recession, as well as the widespread perception that his presidency had overseen a revival of national confidence and prestige. At 73, Reagan was, at the time, the oldest person to ever be nominated by a major party for president. The Reagan campaign produced effective television advertising and deftly neutralized concerns regarding Reagan’s age. Mondale criticized Reagan’s supply-side economic policies and budget deficits and he called for a nuclear freeze and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Continue Reading (9 minute read)

9 thoughts on “Ronald Reagan won 49 states and 525 electoral votes in the 1984 presidential election which is the most in US history.”

  1. Sirhc978

    Related fun facts:

    FDR is in second with 523 electoral votes, but there were only 531 total votes to win. There were 538 total for Reagan to win.

    Nixon is in 3rd place with 520 votes

  2. suzukigun4life

    Mondale’s campaign was such a disaster. He openly called for raising taxes on millions of voters openly during the election. He alienated a lot of party members by doing so. He spent over $3 million on television advertising in California, where he had no chance of winning.

  3. ksiyoto

    Interesting note: After the first debate, there were some questions voiced about whether or not Reagan was going senile – even the Wall Street Journal talked about it. In the second debate, there was this moment:

    Mondale later remarked that at that moment, he knew Reagan was going to win.

  4. cuidado-jones

    Ronald Reagan? The ACTOR?!

  5. dkl415

    Washington won unanimous victories in the electoral college in both 1788 and 1792. Fewer total votes since there were fewer states, but a clean sweep.

  6. BeepBlipBlapBloop

    And the one state he lost, he lost by less than four thousand votes. It was very nearly a clean sweep.

  7. indigo-a-a

    Mondale only won Minnesota, his home state.

  8. Aonberg

    Is something like this possible ever again? I highly doubt it.

  9. bserum

    Seeing this statistic in a vaccuum, one could be forgiven for thinking that 98% of America supported Reagan in 1984.

    And while he totally dominated within America’s electoral college system, looking a little deeper suggests a nation as divided as it has ever been…

    58% of the popular vote went to Reagan

    31% of eligible voters voted for Reagan (53.3% voter turnout)

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