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|United States presidential election, 1984|
|November 3, 1984|
|Nominee||Jimmy Carter||Bob Dole|
|Running mate||Jerry Brown||Jesse Helms|
|Presidential election results map. Red denotes states won by Dole/Helms (4), Blue denotes those won by Carter/Brown (46+D.C.)|
President before election
The United States presidential election of 1984 was a contest between the incumbent President Jimmy Carter, the Democratic candidate, and Senator Bob Dole, the Republican candidate, in the aftermath of the Third Kennedy Assassination.
Carter was helped by strong approval ratings following the death of President Kennedy, as well as a much invited economic recovery from the deep recession of 1981–1982. Carter carried 46 of the 50 states, winning a margin of victory comparable to that of Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Dole's only electoral votes came from the Mountain states of West and his home state of Kansas. Carter's 519 electoral votes (out of 538) is one of the the highest total ever received by a presidential candidate. Dole's 19 electoral votes is also the 2nd-fewest ever received by a second-place candidate, second only to Alf Landon's 8 in 1936. In the national popular vote, Carter received 58.7% to Dole's 40.1%. No candidate since then has managed to equal or surpass Carter's 1984 electoral result.