1980 United States presidential election in South Dakota

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United States presidential election in South Dakota, 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 4 0 0
Popular vote 198,343 103,855 21,431
Percentage 60.5% 31.7% 6.5%

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County Results

President before election

Jimmy Carter

Elected President

Ronald Reagan

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

South Dakota was won by former California Governor Ronald Reagan (R) by a 29-point landslide.[1] It is a reliably Republican state, and the last Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state was Lyndon Johnson in his 1964 presidential campaign.[2]


1980 United States presidential election in South Dakota[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ronald Reagan 198,343 60.53%
Democratic Jimmy Carter 103,855 31.69%
Independent John B. Anderson 21,431 6.54%
Libertarian Edward Clark 3,824 1.17%
Independent Andrew Pulley 250 0.08%
Majority 94,488 28.84
Total votes 327,703 100.00%
Republican win


  1. ^ "1980 Presidential General Election Results - South Dakota". uselectionatlas.org.
  2. ^ Cohen, Micah (August 24, 2012). "In South Dakota, Only the Farm Trumps Conservatism". New York Times. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  3. ^ https://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/state.php?fips=46&year=1980&f=0&off=0&elect=0