1980 United States presidential election in Arkansas

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United States presidential election in Arkansas, 1980

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Nominee Ronald Reagan Jimmy Carter
Party Republican Democratic
Home state California Georgia
Running mate George H. W. Bush Walter Mondale
Electoral vote 6 0
Popular vote 403,164 398,041
Percentage 48.1% 47.5%

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

The election was very close in Arkansas, with the state being won by former California Governor Ronald Reagan (R) by only 0.6 points.[1]

Despite Incumbent President Jimmy Carter winning the state four years ago by thirty percentage points, Carter's perceived failures in office in addition to an economic downturn in an election year, combined with the Iran hostage crisis as well as a Riot by Cuban Refugees who were temporarily placed in Fort Chaffe in Western Arkansas. While insignificant in the overall context of Reagan winning the Electoral College by a significant amount. Analysis say the combined Democratic ticket in Arkansas in both the Presidential and Gubernatorial race would had swung back to the Democrats had the riot did not happen.[2]

Results[edit]

Presidential candidate Party Home state Popular vote Electoral
vote
Running mate
Count Percentage Vice-presidential candidate Home state Electoral vote
Ronald Reagan Republican California 403,164 48.13% 6 George H.W. Bush Texas 6
Jimmy Carter Democrat Georgia 398,041 47.52% 0 Walter Mondale Minnesota 0
John B. Anderson Anderson Coalition Illinois 22,468 2.68% 0 Patrick Lucey Wisconsin 0
Ed Clark Libertarian California 8,970 1.07% 0 David Koch New York 0
Barry Commoner Citizens New York 2,345 0.28% 0 LaDonna Harris Oklahoma 0
Benjamin Bubar Prohibition Maine 1,350 0.16% 0 Earl Dodge Colorado 0
Gus Hall People Before Profits New York 1,244 0.15% 0 Angela Davis California 0
Total 837,582 100% 6 6
Needed to win 270 270

Results by county[edit]

Ronald Wilson Reagan
Republican
James Earl Carter
Democratic
John Bayard Anderson
Anderson Coalition
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast
County # % # % # % # % # % #
Arkansas 3,409 42.69% 4,303 53.89% 193 2.42% 80 1.00% -894 -11.20% 7,985
Ashley 3,960 45.27% 4,552 52.03% 130 1.49% 106 1.21% -592 -6.77% 8,748
Baxter 9,684 63.93% 4,789 31.62% 494 3.26% 180 1.19% 4,895 32.32% 15,147
Benton 18,830 63.96% 9,231 31.36% 1,018 3.46% 361 1.23% 9,599 32.61% 29,440
Boone 6,778 56.07% 4,576 37.86% 429 3.55% 305 2.52% 2,202 18.22% 12,088
Bradley 1,650 33.74% 3,139 64.19% 66 1.35% 35 0.72% -1,489 -30.45% 4,890
Calhoun 896 37.40% 1,438 60.02% 52 2.17% 10 0.42% -542 -22.62% 2,396
Carroll 4,273 55.29% 2,977 38.52% 298 3.86% 180 2.33% 1,296 16.77% 7,728
Chicot 2,239 38.76% 3,445 59.64% 26 0.45% 66 1.14% -1,206 -20.88% 5,776
Clark 2,743 29.97% 6,122 66.89% 215 2.35% 73 0.80% -3,379 -36.92% 9,153
Clay 3,091 42.17% 3,985 54.37% 121 1.65% 133 1.81% -894 -12.20% 7,330
Cleburne 4,042 48.38% 4,021 48.13% 204 2.44% 88 1.05% 21 0.25% 8,355
Cleveland 1,124 36.76% 1,856 60.69% 36 1.18% 42 1.37% -732 -23.94% 3,058
Columbia 5,259 52.76% 4,445 44.60% 107 1.07% 156 1.57% 814 8.17% 9,967
Conway 4,145 45.11% 4,698 51.13% 232 2.52% 114 1.24% -553 -6.02% 9,189
Craighead 11,010 51.31% 9,231 43.02% 708 3.30% 507 2.36% 1,779 8.29% 21,456
Crawford 8,542 66.22% 3,948 30.61% 245 1.90% 164 1.27% 4,594 35.62% 12,899
Crittenden 6,248 45.20% 7,022 50.80% 185 1.34% 368 2.66% -774 -5.60% 13,823
Cross 2,895 44.59% 3,471 53.47% 89 1.37% 37 0.57% -576 -8.87% 6,492
Dallas 1,596 35.16% 2,838 62.52% 74 1.63% 31 0.68% -1,242 -27.36% 4,539
Desha 2,057 34.07% 3,748 62.08% 77 1.28% 155 2.57% -1,691 -28.01% 6,037
Drew 2,272 36.74% 3,757 60.75% 117 1.89% 38 0.61% -1,485 -24.01% 6,184
Faulkner 7,544 44.19% 8,528 49.95% 769 4.50% 232 1.36% -984 -5.76% 17,073
Franklin 3,448 53.66% 2,716 42.27% 197 3.07% 65 1.01% 732 11.39% 6,426
Fulton 2,101 49.35% 2,037 47.85% 83 1.95% 36 0.85% 64 1.50% 4,257
Garland 15,739 52.96% 12,515 42.11% 1,042 3.51% 421 1.42% 3,224 10.85% 29,717
Grant 2,007 38.04% 3,078 58.34% 102 1.93% 89 1.69% -1,071 -20.30% 5,276
Greene 4,514 41.64% 5,996 55.31% 219 2.02% 112 1.03% -1,482 -13.67% 10,841
Hempstead 3,852 44.65% 4,671 54.14% 72 0.83% 33 0.38% -819 -9.49% 8,628
Hot Spring 3,561 32.92% 6,897 63.76% 244 2.26% 115 1.06% -3,336 -30.84% 10,817
Howard 2,386 47.12% 2,564 50.63% 63 1.24% 51 1.01% -178 -3.52% 5,064
Independence 5,076 45.63% 5,683 51.08% 276 2.48% 90 0.81% -607 -5.46% 11,125
Izard 2,266 43.13% 2,750 52.34% 160 3.05% 78 1.48% -484 -9.21% 5,254
Jackson 3,191 39.49% 4,651 57.55% 174 2.15% 65 0.80% -1,460 -18.07% 8,081
Jefferson 10,697 35.60% 17,292 57.55% 802 2.67% 1,255 4.18% -6,595 -21.95% 30,046
Johnson 3,619 47.39% 3,709 48.57% 187 2.45% 121 1.58% -90 -1.18% 7,636
Lafayette 1,756 46.50% 1,947 51.56% 47 1.24% 26 0.69% -191 -5.06% 3,776
Lawrence 3,245 46.60% 3,547 50.94% 117 1.68% 54 0.78% -302 -4.34% 6,963
Lee 1,711 35.09% 3,103 63.64% 47 0.96% 15 0.31% -1,392 -28.55% 4,876
Lincoln 1,243 32.29% 2,517 65.39% 56 1.45% 33 0.86% -1,274 -33.10% 3,849
Little River 2,272 45.22% 2,631 52.37% 41 0.82% 80 1.59% -359 -7.15% 5,024
Logan 4,511 50.61% 4,098 45.98% 166 1.86% 138 1.55% 413 4.63% 8,913
Lonoke 5,619 48.50% 5,605 48.38% 246 2.12% 115 0.99% 14 0.12% 11,585
Madison 3,180 54.50% 2,434 41.71% 126 2.16% 95 1.63% 746 12.78% 5,835
Marion 3,059 57.11% 2,046 38.20% 160 2.99% 91 1.70% 1,013 18.91% 5,356
Miller 6,770 52.40% 5,996 46.41% 105 0.81% 50 0.39% 774 5.99% 12,921
Mississippi 7,170 43.67% 8,908 54.26% 234 1.43% 105 0.64% -1,738 -10.59% 16,417
Monroe 2,027 41.98% 2,686 55.62% 82 1.70% 34 0.70% -659 -13.65% 4,829
Montgomery 1,585 43.88% 1,878 51.99% 86 2.38% 63 1.74% -293 -8.11% 3,612
Nevada 1,697 38.22% 2,631 59.26% 50 1.13% 62 1.40% -934 -21.04% 4,440
Newton 2,423 60.08% 1,436 35.61% 100 2.48% 74 1.83% 987 24.47% 4,033
Ouachita 4,329 35.46% 7,152 58.58% 248 2.03% 479 3.92% -2,823 -23.12% 12,208
Perry 1,459 45.79% 1,606 50.41% 73 2.29% 48 1.51% -147 -4.61% 3,186
Phillips 4,270 38.31% 6,642 59.59% 163 1.46% 71 0.64% -2,372 -21.28% 11,146
Pike 1,916 46.77% 2,094 51.11% 58 1.42% 29 0.71% -178 -4.34% 4,097
Poinsett 4,040 44.01% 4,894 53.31% 153 1.67% 93 1.01% -854 -9.30% 9,180
Polk 3,993 58.51% 2,617 38.35% 139 2.04% 75 1.10% 1,376 20.16% 6,824
Pope 7,217 50.72% 6,364 44.72% 471 3.31% 178 1.25% 853 5.99% 14,230
Prairie 1,855 47.63% 1,928 49.50% 64 1.64% 48 1.23% -73 -1.87% 3,895
Pulaski 52,125 46.15% 54,839 48.56% 4,657 4.12% 1,316 1.17% -2,714 -2.40% 112,937
Randolph 2,579 43.50% 3,070 51.78% 125 2.11% 155 2.61% -491 -8.28% 5,929
St. Francis 4,485 42.77% 5,816 55.46% 132 1.26% 54 0.51% -1,331 -12.69% 10,487
Saline 8,330 42.60% 10,368 53.02% 643 3.29% 214 1.09% -2,038 -10.42% 19,555
Scott 2,228 48.16% 2,236 48.34% 92 1.99% 70 1.51% -8 -0.17% 4,626
Searcy 2,459 58.79% 1,536 36.72% 101 2.41% 87 2.08% 923 22.07% 4,183
Sebastian 23,403 63.46% 10,141 27.50% 1,023 2.77% 2,312 6.27% 13,262 35.96% 36,879
Sevier 2,502 45.52% 2,854 51.92% 97 1.76% 44 0.80% -352 -6.40% 5,497
Sharp 3,420 53.30% 2,774 43.24% 160 2.49% 62 0.97% 646 10.07% 6,416
Stone 1,793 45.11% 1,968 49.51% 133 3.35% 81 2.04% -175 -4.40% 3,975
Union 9,401 55.10% 6,852 40.16% 313 1.83% 497 2.91% 2,549 14.94% 17,063
Van Buren 3,090 49.11% 2,968 47.17% 153 2.43% 81 1.29% 122 1.94% 6,292
Washington 20,788 58.69% 12,276 34.66% 1,737 4.90% 620 1.75% 8,512 24.03% 35,421
White 8,079 46.66% 8,750 50.54% 309 1.78% 175 1.01% -671 -3.88% 17,313
Woodruff 1,204 32.06% 2,452 65.28% 74 1.97% 26 0.69% -1,248 -33.23% 3,756
Yell 3,187 44.65% 3,702 51.87% 181 2.54% 67 0.94% -515 -7.22% 7,137
Totals 403,164 48.13% 398,041 47.52% 22,468 2.68% 13,909 1.66% 5,123 0.61% 837,582

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1980 Presidential General Election Results – Arkansas". Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  2. ^ Moyer, Justin. "The forgotten story of how refugees almost ended Bill Clinton's career". Washington Post.