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United States presidential election, 1980
November 4, 1980
Hal holbrook Robert vaughn
Nominee Robert Nichols Matthew Sinclair
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Ohio New York
Running mate Frank Church Robert Dole
Electoral vote 348 183
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Red states pledged to Sinclair/Dole. Blue states pledged to Nichols/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 President Matthew Sinclair and his Democratic opponent, Ohio Senator Robert Nichols. Nichols, aided by the growing Iranian crisis and a worsening economy at home marked by high unemployment and inflation, won the election in a landslide.

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)

Campaign slogans

  • President Matthew Sinclair/Vice President Bob Dole: N/A.
  • Senator Robert Nichols/Senator Frank Church: A NEW PATH FORWARD.