United States presidential election in Vermont, 1984

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United States presidential election in Vermont, 1984
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  Official Portrait of President Reagan 1981.jpg U.S Vice-President Walter Mondale.jpg
Nominee Ronald Reagan Walter Mondale
Party Republican Democratic
Home state California Minnesota
Running mate George H.W. Bush Geraldine Ferraro
Electoral vote 3 0
Popular vote 135,865 95,730
Percentage 57.92% 40.81%

Vermont Election Results by County 1984.svg

County Results

President before election

Ronald Reagan

Elected President

Ronald Reagan

The 1984 United States presidential election in Vermont took place on November 6, 1984 as part of the 1984 United States presidential election, which was held throughout all 50 states and D.C. Voters chose 3 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Vermont voted for the Republican nominee, incumbent President Ronald Reagan, over the Democratic nominee, former Vice President Walter Mondale, by a margin of 17.11%. Reagan took 57.92% of the vote to Mondale's 40.81%.

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.


United States presidential election in Vermont, 1984[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Ronald Reagan 135,865 57.92% 3
Democratic Walter Mondale 95,730 40.81% 0
Libertarian David Bergland 1,002 0.43% 0
No party Write-ins 712 0.30% 0
Independent Lyndon LaRouche 423 0.18% 0
Liberty Union (New Alliance) Dennis L. Serrette 323 0.14% 0
Citizens Sonia Johnson 264 0.11% 0
Socialist Workers Melvin T. Mason 127 0.05% 0
Communist Gus Hall 115 0.05% 0
Totals 234,561 100.00% 3
Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered) 60%/70%


  1. ^ "1984 Presidential General Election Results - Vermont". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-02-07. 

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