United States presidential election in Washington (state), 1980

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The 1980 United States presidential election in Washington was held on November 4, 1980. Republican candidate Ronald Reagan won the state of Washington with 49.66 percent of the vote, carrying the state’s nine electoral votes. During the previous election in 1976, Reagan, who was not on the ballot in any of the 50 states, received one of Washington’s electoral votes by faithless elector Mike Padden.

Reagan won every county in the state except Gray’s Harbor and Pacific Counties, neither of which ever voted Republican between 1956 and 2012. As of 2016, Reagan’s 1980 effort remains the last Republican win in Jefferson County and was the last in Cowlitz County until 2016.[1] Third-party candidate John B. Anderson did well in Western Washington,[2] gaining many voters from disaffected major-party supporters and exceeding 14 percent of the vote in Kitsap and San Juan Counties.[3] Anderson was less successful east of the Cascades, apart from college-influenced Whitman County.

United States presidential election in Washington, 1980
Washington (state)
November 4, 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 9 0 0
Popular vote 865,244 650,193 185,073
Percentage 49.66% 37.32% 10.62%

United States presidential election in Washington (state), 1980 results by county.svg
County results

President before election

Jimmy Carter

Elected President

Ronald Reagan


United States presidential election in Washington, 1980[3]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Ronald Reagan 865,244 49.66% 9
Democrat Jimmy Carter 650,193 37.32% 0
Independent John B. Anderson 185,073 10.62% 0
Libertarian Edward Clark 29,213 1.68% 0
Citizens Barry Commoner 9,403 0.54% 0
- Other 3,268 0.19% 0
Totals 1,742,394 100.0% 9


  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. ^ 1980 Presidential Election; Percentage of Vote for John B. Anderson
  3. ^ a b "1980 Presidential General Election Results – Washington". Retrieved May 9, 2016.

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