1980 United States presidential election in North Carolina

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United States presidential election in North Carolina, 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 13 0
Popular vote 915,018 875,635
Percentage 49.30% 47.18%

North Carolina Presidential Election Results 1980.svg
County results

President before election

Jimmy Carter

Elected President

Ronald Reagan

The 1980 United States presidential election in North Carolina took place on November 4, 1980, as part of the 1980 United States presidential election. Voters chose 13 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

North Carolina barely voted for the Republican nominee, Governor Ronald Reagan, over the Democratic nominee, President Jimmy Carter in a close battle. Independent John B. Anderson, won 2% of the vote from Reagan and Carter in the state. The final numbers were 49.30% for Reagan to 47.18% for Carter and 2.85% for Anderson. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which the following counties have voted for a Democratic presidential candidate: Cleveland, Currituck, Harnett, Lee, Person and Union.[1]

After Jimmy Carter won the southern state in 1976, and following Jimmy Carter's inferior performance, the state was returned to the Republican column in 1980, and would trend even more Republican in the next election and vote Republican in every election since as of the 2016 election, except in 2008 when it did not vote for John McCain.


United States presidential election in North Carolina, 1980[2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Ronald Reagan 915,018 49.30% 13
Democratic Jimmy Carter (incumbent) 875,635 47.18% 0
Independent John B. Anderson 52,800 2.85% 0
Libertarian Edward Clark 9,677 0.52% 0
Citizens Barry Commoner 2,287 0.12% 0
Socialist Workers Clifton DeBerry 416 0.02% 0
Totals 1,855,833 100.0% 13
Voter turnout (Voting age/Registered voters) 54.52%/67.0%


  1. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  2. ^ Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas; 1980 Presidential General Election Results – North Carolina