1984 United States presidential election in New York

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1984 United States presidential election in New York

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Nominee Ronald Reagan Walter Mondale
Party Republican Democratic
Alliance Conservative Liberal
Home state California Minnesota
Running mate George H. W. Bush Geraldine Ferraro
Electoral vote 36 0
Popular vote 3,664,763 3,119,609
Percentage 53.84% 45.83%

County Results

President before election

Ronald Reagan
Republican

Elected President

Ronald Reagan
Republican

President Reagan holding a "The Gipper" jersey at a campaign rally in Endicott, New York, 1984.

The 1984 United States presidential election in New York took place on November 6, 1984, as part of the 1984 United States presidential election. All 50 States and the District of Columbia participated in this election. Voters in New York chose 36 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who selected president and vice president.

New York was won by Ronald Reagan with 53.84% of the popular vote over Walter Mondale with 45.83%, a victory margin of 8.01%.[1] This made New York about 10% more Democratic than the nation overall. This was the third election since the Civil War (the first two being 1952 and 1956), in which New York voted less Democratic than neighboring Pennsylvania.

The county results indicate a then-typical[1] split between New York's rural upstate and the large suburban counties around New York City, on the one hand, and the urban centers of New York City, Buffalo, and Albany, on the other. While Mondale carried the four most heavily populated boroughs of New York City overall with 61% of the vote, the strong Republican performance across most of the upstate as well as in the heavily-populated suburban counties of Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester was able to secure the state's electoral votes for Reagan.

A portent of the future was seen in Mondale carrying Tompkins County, home of the college town of Ithaca. He was only the third Democrat to do so since the Civil War, after Woodrow Wilson in 1912 and Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964;[2] Reagan thus became the first-ever Republican to win the White House without carrying this county since the Republican Party's founding in 1854. Mondale managing to win Tompkins County even whilst losing the national popular vote by over 18% indicated the county's strong Democratic trend; it has given every subsequent Democratic nominee a double-digit margin, every Democrat from 2004 on over 60%, and every Democrat from 2008 on over 66% of its vote.

As of 2020, this remains the last time that New York has been carried by a Republican presidential nominee, as well as the last time that Schenectady County has done so.[3] Broome and Niagara counties would not vote Republican again until 2016, although this election remains the last time a Republican won a majority in the former.

Results[edit]

1984 United States presidential election in New York
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Ronald Reagan 3,376,519 49.61%
Conservative Ronald Reagan 288,244 4.23%
Total Ronald Reagan (incumbent) 3,664,763 53.84% 36
Democratic Walter Mondale 3,119,609 44.09%
Liberal Walter Mondale 118,324 1.74%
Total Walter Mondale 3,119,609 45.83% 0
Free Libertarian David Bergland 11,949 0.18% 0
Communist Party Gus Hall 4,226 0.06% 0
New Alliance Dennis Serrette 3,200 0.05% 0
Workers World Larry Holmes 2,226 0.03% 0
Write-in 837 0.01% 0
Totals 6,806,810 100.0% 36

New York City results[edit]

1984 Presidential Election in New York City Manhattan The Bronx Brooklyn Queens Staten Island Total
Democratic-
Liberal
Walter Mondale 379,521 223,112 368,518 328,379 44,345 1,343,875 60.96%
72.06% 66.86% 61.34% 53.34% 34.69%
Republican-
Conservative
Ronald Reagan 144,281 109,308 230,064 285,477 83,187 852,317 38.66%
27.39% 32.76% 38.29% 46.38% 65.08%
Free Libertarian David Bergland 988 347 744 676 161 2,916 0.13%
0.19% 0.10% 0.12% 0.11% 0.13%
Communist Gus Hall 940 335 663 497 44 2,479 0.11%
0.18% 0.10% 0.11% 0.08% 0.03%
New Alliance Dennis L. Serrette 619 379 505 331 36 1,870 0.08%
0.12% 0.11% 0.08% 0.05% 0.03%
Workers’ World Larry Holmes 295 186 266 218 31 996 0.05%
0.06% 0.06% 0.04% 0.04% 0.02%
TOTAL 526,671 333,683 600,771 615,578 127,826 2,204,529 100.00%

Results by county[edit]

County Ronald Wilson Reagan
Republican
Walter Frederick Mondale
Democratic
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast
# % # % # % # %
Albany 74,542 49.50% 75,447 50.10% 603 0.40% -905 -0.60% 150,592
Allegany 14,527 75.25% 4,720 24.45% 57 0.30% 9,807 50.80% 19,304
Bronx 109,308 32.76% 223,112 66.86% 1,263 0.38% -113,804 -34.11% 333,683
Broome 58,109 60.47% 37,658 39.19% 322 0.34% 20,451 21.28% 96,089
Cattaraugus 24,162 70.10% 10,194 29.58% 112 0.32% 13,968 40.52% 34,468
Cayuga 21,451 63.50% 12,207 36.14% 121 0.36% 9,244 27.37% 33,779
Chautauqua 39,597 63.13% 22,986 36.65% 141 0.22% 16,611 26.48% 62,724
Chemung 24,909 62.83% 14,638 36.92% 100 0.25% 10,271 25.91% 39,647
Chenango 14,254 69.03% 6,343 30.72% 51 0.25% 7,911 38.31% 20,648
Clinton 19,549 64.22% 10,804 35.49% 90 0.30% 8,745 28.73% 30,443
Columbia 18,814 67.46% 8,960 32.13% 117 0.42% 9,854 35.33% 27,891
Cortland 13,691 67.70% 6,438 31.83% 95 0.47% 7,253 35.86% 20,224
Delaware 14,002 70.61% 5,745 28.97% 83 0.42% 8,257 41.64% 19,830
Dutchess 70,324 67.89% 32,867 31.73% 389 0.38% 37,457 36.16% 103,580
Erie 222,882 48.28% 237,631 51.47% 1,158 0.25% -14,749 -3.19% 461,671
Essex 12,114 69.94% 5,119 29.56% 87 0.50% 6,995 40.39% 17,320
Franklin 10,617 62.22% 6,400 37.51% 47 0.28% 4,217 24.71% 17,064
Fulton 14,887 65.82% 7,644 33.80% 87 0.38% 7,243 32.02% 22,618
Genesee 16,582 65.78% 8,549 33.91% 79 0.31% 8,033 31.86% 25,210
Greene 14,150 70.50% 5,858 29.19% 62 0.31% 8,292 41.32% 20,070
Hamilton 2,637 77.97% 737 21.79% 8 0.24% 1,900 56.18% 3,382
Herkimer 18,827 64.35% 10,346 35.36% 85 0.29% 8,481 28.99% 29,258
Jefferson 23,445 67.96% 10,960 31.77% 91 0.26% 12,485 36.19% 34,496
Kings 230,064 38.29% 368,518 61.34% 2,189 0.36% -138,454 -23.05% 600,771
Lewis 7,069 71.69% 2,757 27.96% 34 0.34% 4,312 43.73% 9,860
Livingston 16,389 68.60% 7,399 30.97% 104 0.44% 8,990 37.63% 23,892
Madison 17,568 67.67% 8,291 31.93% 104 0.40% 9,277 35.73% 25,963
Monroe 182,696 57.76% 132,109 41.77% 1,472 0.47% 50,587 15.99% 316,277
Montgomery 14,398 61.22% 9,044 38.45% 78 0.33% 5,354 22.76% 23,520
Nassau 392,017 61.83% 240,697 37.96% 1,349 0.21% 151,320 23.87% 634,063
New York 144,281 27.39% 379,521 72.06% 2,869 0.54% -235,240 -44.67% 526,671
Niagara 51,289 55.23% 41,368 44.55% 201 0.22% 9,921 10.68% 92,858
Oneida 65,377 60.38% 42,603 39.35% 289 0.27% 22,774 21.03% 108,269
Onondaga 121,857 59.64% 81,777 40.03% 680 0.33% 40,080 19.62% 204,314
Ontario 24,507 65.36% 12,844 34.26% 143 0.38% 11,663 31.11% 37,494
Orange 69,413 67.78% 32,663 31.89% 337 0.33% 36,750 35.88% 102,413
Orleans 10,543 70.17% 4,429 29.48% 52 0.35% 6,114 40.69% 15,024
Oswego 31,481 68.39% 14,347 31.17% 206 0.45% 17,134 37.22% 46,034
Otsego 16,777 63.28% 9,582 36.14% 152 0.57% 7,195 27.14% 26,511
Putnam 25,707 72.87% 9,473 26.85% 97 0.27% 16,234 46.02% 35,277
Queens 285,477 46.38% 328,379 53.34% 1,722 0.28% -42,902 -6.97% 615,578
Rensselaer 43,892 61.94% 26,755 37.76% 217 0.31% 17,137 24.18% 70,864
Richmond 83,187 65.08% 44,345 34.69% 294 0.23% 38,842 30.39% 127,826
Rockland 70,020 60.88% 44,687 38.85% 311 0.27% 25,333 22.03% 115,018
St. Lawrence 26,062 61.83% 15,963 37.87% 124 0.29% 10,099 23.96% 42,149
Saratoga 47,394 67.91% 22,166 31.76% 228 0.33% 25,228 36.15% 69,788
Schenectady 42,808 58.09% 30,612 41.54% 277 0.38% 12,196 16.55% 73,697
Schoharie 8,692 67.97% 3,996 31.25% 100 0.78% 4,696 36.72% 12,788
Schuyler 5,207 67.98% 2,422 31.62% 31 0.40% 2,785 36.36% 7,660
Seneca 9,420 65.84% 4,825 33.72% 62 0.43% 4,595 32.12% 14,307
Steuben 28,848 73.19% 10,471 26.56% 98 0.25% 18,377 46.62% 39,417
Suffolk 335,485 66.03% 171,295 33.72% 1,276 0.25% 164,190 32.32% 508,056
Sullivan 18,037 63.09% 10,475 36.64% 78 0.27% 7,562 26.45% 28,590
Tioga 14,856 71.36% 5,860 28.15% 101 0.49% 8,996 43.21% 20,817
Tompkins 18,255 48.32% 19,357 51.24% 165 0.44% -1,102 -2.92% 37,777
Ulster 47,372 63.93% 26,445 35.69% 285 0.38% 20,927 28.24% 74,102
Warren 17,616 74.75% 5,886 24.97% 66 0.28% 11,730 49.77% 23,568
Washington 16,580 73.48% 5,909 26.19% 74 0.33% 10,671 47.29% 22,563
Wayne 24,171 70.98% 9,700 28.49% 180 0.53% 14,471 42.50% 34,051
Westchester 229,005 58.67% 160,225 41.05% 1,078 0.28% 68,780 17.62% 390,308
Wyoming 11,199 71.69% 4,381 28.04% 42 0.27% 6,818 43.64% 15,622
Yates 6,367 70.26% 2,670 29.46% 25 0.28% 3,697 40.80% 9,062
Totals 3,664,763 53.84% 3,119,609 45.83% 22,438 0.33% 545,154 8.01% 6,806,810

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1984 Presidential General Election Results – New York". U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  2. ^ Menendez, Albert J.; The Geography of Presidential Elections in the United States, 1868-2004, pp. 261-265 ISBN 0786422173
  3. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016