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United States presidential election, 1980
November 4, 1980
Hal holbrook Bob-dole
Nominee Robert Pearson Bob Dole
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Ohio Kansas
Running mate Frank Church Howard Baker
Electoral vote 354 177
1980 266towin
Red states pledged to Dole/Baker. Blue states pledged to Pearson/Church.
The United States presidential election of 1980 was the 49th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 4, 1980. The contest was between incumbent Republican Vice President Bob Dole and his Democratic opponent, Ohio Representative Robert Pearson. Pearson, aided by the growing Iranian crisis and a worsening economy at home marked by high unemployment and inflation, won the election in a landslide.

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)

Campaign slogans

  • Vice President Robert Dole/Senator Howard Baker: N/A.
  • Representative Robert Pearson/Senator Frank Church: A NEW PATH FORWARD.

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