United States presidential election in Utah, 1980

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United States presidential election in Utah, 1980

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  Official Portrait of President Reagan 1981-cropped.jpg Carter cropped.jpg JohnAnderson.png
Nominee Ronald Reagan Jimmy Carter John B. Anderson
Party Republican Democratic Independent
Home state California Georgia Illinois
Running mate George H.W. Bush Walter Mondale Patrick Lucey
Electoral vote 4 0 0
Popular vote 439,687 124,266 30,284
Percentage 72.8% 20.6% 5.0%

Utah 1980 Presidential Election.jpg
County Results
Reagan
  <50%
  60-70%
  70-80%
  80-90%


President before election

Jimmy Carter
Democratic

Elected President

Ronald Reagan
Republican

The 1980 United States presidential election in Utah took place on November 4, 1980. All 50 states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1980 United States presidential election. Utah voters chose four electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president of the United States.

Utah was won by former Governor of California Ronald Reagan, the Republican nominee, who was running against incumbent President and former Governor of Georgia Jimmy Carter, the Democratic nominee. Reagan ran with former C.I.A. Director George H. W. Bush of Texas, and Carter ran with Walter Mondale, incumbent Vice President and former senator from Minnesota. Reagan won the election nationally by a landslide.

Utah was the most Republican state in the nation[1]. Reagan’s win in Utah during the 1980 election remains the most recent occurrence during a United States presidential election in any state of one candidate receiving a plurality exceeding half the total votes polled. Reagan won Carbon County by a mere three votes, but comfortably beat Carter, who was widely criticized for his inability to understand issues specific to the West (especially water development)[2] everywhere else. Carter’s next best county was Tooele where Reagan obtained 62 percent of the vote; Reagan surpassed three-quarters of the vote in seventeen of twenty-nine counties.

Liberal Republican John B. Anderson ran as a third-party candidate with some success in the Northeast, Western Washington[3] and some college towns;[4] however in conservative, Mormon Utah, Anderson possessed little appeal and could not exceed 9.4 percent of the vote in any county, polling merely three votes in Piute County and only 1.4 percent in Wayne County.

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in Utah, 1980
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Ronald Reagan 439,687 72.77% 4
Democratic Jimmy Carter 124,266 20.57% 0
Independent John B. Anderson 30,284 5.01% 0
Libertarian Edward Clark 7,226 1.20% 0
Citizen's Party Barry Commoner 1,009 0.17% 0
American Party Percy Greaves Jr. 965 0.16% 0
American Independent John Rarick 522 0.09% 0
Communist Party Gus Hall 139 0.02% 0
Socialist Workers Party Clifton DeBerry 124 0.02% 0
Totals 604,182 100.0% 4

Results by county[edit]

Ronald Wilson Reagan
Republican
Jimmy Carter
Democratic
John Anderson
Independent
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast
County # % # % # % # % # % #
Beaver 1,477 68.47% 621 28.79% 43 1.99% 16 0.74% 856 39.68% 2,157
Box Elder 12,500 82.72% 2,142 14.18% 306 2.03% 163 1.08% 10,358 68.55% 15,111
Cache 20,251 78.69% 3,639 14.14% 1,494 5.81% 351 1.36% 16,612 64.55% 25,735
Carbon 4,320 47.67% 4,317 47.63% 309 3.41% 117 1.29% 3 0.03% 9,063
Daggett 290 69.88% 109 26.27% 10 2.41% 6 1.45% 181 43.61% 415
Davis 45,695 78.98% 9,065 15.67% 2,253 3.89% 846 1.46% 36,630 63.31% 57,859
Duchesne 3,827 79.41% 854 17.72% 87 1.81% 51 1.06% 2,973 61.69% 4,819
Emery 3,076 67.18% 1,315 28.72% 90 1.97% 98 2.14% 1,761 38.46% 4,579
Garfield 1,578 78.31% 375 18.61% 50 2.48% 12 0.60% 1,203 59.70% 2,015
Grand 2,362 70.42% 703 20.96% 205 6.11% 84 2.50% 1,659 49.46% 3,354
Iron 6,207 79.54% 1,242 15.91% 240 3.08% 115 1.47% 4,965 63.62% 7,804
Juab 1,872 69.31% 720 26.66% 51 1.89% 58 2.15% 1,152 42.65% 2,701
Kane 1,492 81.35% 256 13.96% 59 3.22% 27 1.47% 1,236 67.39% 1,834
Millard 3,620 79.79% 795 17.52% 72 1.59% 50 1.10% 2,825 62.27% 4,537
Morgan 1,985 81.52% 373 15.32% 42 1.72% 35 1.44% 1,612 66.20% 2,435
Piute 551 76.63% 157 21.84% 3 0.42% 8 1.11% 394 54.80% 719
Rich 762 81.15% 143 15.23% 18 1.92% 16 1.70% 619 65.92% 939
Salt Lake 169,411 67.00% 58,472 23.13% 19,547 7.73% 5,405 2.14% 110,939 43.88% 252,835
San Juan 2,774 76.00% 763 20.90% 72 1.97% 41 1.12% 2,011 55.10% 3,650
Sanpete 5,143 77.76% 1,260 19.05% 112 1.69% 99 1.50% 3,883 58.71% 6,614
Sevier 5,614 80.79% 1,112 16.00% 117 1.68% 106 1.53% 4,502 64.79% 6,949
Summit 3,330 65.38% 1,184 23.25% 480 9.42% 99 1.94% 2,146 42.14% 5,093
Tooele 6,024 62.03% 3,132 32.25% 391 4.03% 165 1.70% 2,892 29.78% 9,712
Uintah 6,045 82.45% 1,049 14.31% 155 2.11% 83 1.13% 4,996 68.14% 7,332
Utah 71,859 83.44% 12,166 14.13% 1,264 1.47% 832 0.97% 59,693 69.31% 86,121
Wasatch 2,799 70.93% 994 25.19% 113 2.86% 40 1.01% 1,805 45.74% 3,946
Washington 10,181 83.47% 1,678 13.76% 185 1.52% 153 1.25% 8,503 69.71% 12,197
Wayne 835 76.05% 226 20.58% 15 1.37% 22 2.00% 609 55.46% 1,098
Weber 43,807 69.98% 15,404 24.61% 2,501 4.00% 887 1.42% 28,403 45.37% 62,599
Totals 439,687 72.77% 124,266 20.57% 30,284 5.01% 9,985 1.65% 315,421 52.20% 604,222

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1980 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05. 
  2. ^ Reisner, Marc; Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water; p. 11 ISBN 0140178244
  3. ^ 1980 Presidential Election; Percentage of Vote for John B. Anderson
  4. ^ Menendez, Ablert J.; The Geography of Presidential Elections in the United States, 1868-2004, pp. 106-107 ISBN 0786422173
  5. ^ "1980 Presidential General Election Results – Utah". Retrieved 2014-01-02.