1984 would prove to be the last election in which Vermont was considered a safe Republican state, becoming a swing state in 1988 and eventually one of the most liberal of blue states after 1992. While Reagan himself won the state comfortably, the Republican Party's shift to the right he represented was already causing signs of weakness to develop in Vermont. Once the most Republican state in the country, the scale of Reagan's nationwide landslide concealed the fact that 1984 was the second election in a row in which Vermont was more Democratic than the nation as a whole: Reagan had carried the state by 17.11% versus his 18.22% national victory margin, making the state 1.11% more Democratic than the nation. Prior to Reagan, Vermont had been more Republican than the nation in every election from the founding of the Republican Party until 1980, except 1964, when another conservative, Barry Goldwater, was the Republican nominee. By contrast, as recently as 1976, moderate Republican Gerald Ford had performed 13.26% stronger in Vermont than he did nationally.
1984 would be the last time in which a Republican presidential nominee carried every county in Vermont.