|‹ 1976 1984 ›|
|United States presidential election, 1980|
|November 4, 1980|
|Nominee||Robert Pearson||Bob Dole|
|Running mate||Frank Church||Howard Baker|
|Red states pledged to Dole/Baker. Blue states pledged to Pearson/Church.|
Dole and Baker were nominated by their party at the convention despite fierce opposition from some party insiders. Many political scholars point to this moment when the Republican Party began to endure friction from within. For his part, Pearson pledged to uplift the pessimistic mood of the nation, and won a decisive victory; in the simultaneous Congressional elections, Democrats won control of the United States House and Senate in such numbers to form a supermajority in both houses. This election marked the beginning of what is called by some the "Pearson Progression" or the Pearson Era, and signified a major liberal realignment in national politics.
- Democratic National Convention: New York City, New York (Madison Square Garden)
- Republican National Convention: Detroit, Michigan (Joe Louis Arena)
- Vice President Robert Dole/Senator Howard Baker: N/A.
- Representative Robert Pearson/Senator Frank Church: A NEW PATH FORWARD.