1980 United States Senate election in Georgia

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United States Senate election in Georgia, 1980

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  MackMattingly.jpg HermanTalmadge.jpg
Nominee Mack Mattingly Herman Talmadge
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 803,686 776,143
Percentage 50.87% 49.13%

County Results

U.S. Senator before election

Herman Talmadge

Elected U.S. Senator

Mack Mattingly

The 1980 United States Senate election in Georgia was held on November 4, 1980. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator and former Governor of Georgia Herman Talmadge decided to run for re-election to a fifth term, he lost a close race to Mack Mattingly, Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party. 1980 resulted in a landslide election for Republicans that would come to be known as the Reagan Revolution.[1]





1980 United States Senate election, Georgia[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mack Mattingly 803,686 50.87% +22.63%
Democratic Herman Talmadge (inc.) 776,143 49.13% -22.63%
Majority 27,543 1.74% -41.78%
Turnout 1,579,829
Republican gain from Democratic Swing 22.63%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/1980election.pdf
  2. ^ "United States Senator". Our Campaigns. Retrieved January 1, 2009.