United States presidential election in Arizona, 1984

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United States presidential election in Arizona, 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 7 0
Popular vote 681,416 333,854
Percentage 66.4% 32.5%

United States presidential election in Arizona, 1984 results by county.svg
County results

President before election

Ronald Reagan

Elected President

Ronald Reagan

The 1984 United States presidential election in Arizona took place on November 6, 1984. All fifty states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1984 United States presidential election. Arizona voters chose seven electors to the Electoral College, which selected the President and Vice President of the United States.

Arizona was won by incumbent United States President Ronald Reagan of California, who was running against former Vice President Walter Mondale of Minnesota. Reagan ran for a second time with former C.I.A. Director George H. W. Bush of Texas, and Mondale ran with Representative Geraldine Ferraro of New York, the first major female candidate for the Vice-Presidency.

Partisan background[edit]

The presidential election of 1984 was a very partisan election for Arizona, with just under 99 percent of the electorate voting for either the Democratic or Republican parties, and only four parties appearing on the ballot.[1] Nearly every county in Arizona voted in majority for Reagan, a particularly strong turn out even in this typically conservative-leaning state. Reagan did the best in Phoenix's highly populated Maricopa County, and Mondale did the best in predominantly Native American Apache County, which was typical of his gains vis-à-vis Jimmy Carter in Native American counties throughout the nation.[2] Mondale also won heavily unionized copper-mining Greenlee County; albeit his performance there was the worst by a Democrat since statehood.

Arizona weighed in for this election as eight percent more Republican than the national average.

Republican victory[edit]

Reagan won the election in Arizona with a decisive 34 point sweep-out landslide. The wide margins found in Arizona, though generally conservative in its voting, are reflective of a nationwide reconsolidation of base for the Republican Party which took place through the 1980s; called by Reagan the “second American Revolution.”[3] This was most evident during the 1984 presidential election. No Republican candidate has received as strong of support in the American West at large, as Reagan did.

It is speculated that Mondale lost support with voters nearly immediately during the campaign, namely during his acceptance speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. There he stated that he intended to increase taxes. To quote Mondale, "By the end of my first term, I will reduce the Reagan budget deficit by two thirds. Let's tell the truth. It must be done, it must be done. Mr. Reagan will raise taxes, and so will I. He won't tell you. I just did."[4] Despite this claimed attempt at establishing truthfulness with the electorate, this claim to raise taxes badly eroded his chances in what had already begun as an uphill battle against the charismatic Ronald Reagan.

Reagan also enjoyed high levels of bipartisan support during the 1984 presidential election, both in Arizona, and across the nation at large. Many registered Democrats who voted for Reagan (Reagan Democrats) stated that they had chosen to do so because they associated him with the economic recovery, because of his strong stance on national security issues with Russia, and because they considered the Democrats as "supporting American poor and minorities at the expense of the middle class."[5] These public opinion factors contributed to Reagan’s 1984 landslide victory, in Arizona and elsewhere.


United States presidential election in Arizona, 1984
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Ronald Reagan 681,416 66.42% 7
Democratic Walter Mondale 333,854 32.54% 0
Libertarian David Bergland 10,585 1.03% 0
Write-Ins 24 >0.01% 0
Citizen's Party Sonia Johnson 18 >0.01% 0
Totals 1,025,897 100.0% 7

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  2. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  3. ^ Raines, Howell (November 7, 1984). "Reagan Wins By a Landslide, Sweeping at Least 48 States; G.O.P. Gains Strength in House". The New York Times. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ Mondale's Acceptance Speech, 1984, AllPolitics
  5. ^ Prendergast, William B. (1999). The Catholic vote in American politics. Washington DC: Georgetown University Press. pp. 186, 191–193. ISBN 0-87840-724-3.