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|United States presidential election, 1980|
|November 4, 1980|
|Nominee||Robert Nichols||Matthew Sinclair|
|Home state||Ohio||New York|
|Running mate||Frank Church||Robert Dole|
|Red states pledged to Sinclair/Dole. Blue states pledged to Nichols/Church.|
Sinclair and Dole were renominated 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 experience friction from within. For his part, Nichols 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 "Nichols Revolution" or the Nichols 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)
- President Matthew Sinclair/Vice President Bob Dole: N/A.
- Senator Robert Nichols/Senator Frank Church: A NEW PATH FORWARD.