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United States presidential election, 1984 (Pearson Wins)

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1980 US flag 48 stars  1988
United States presidential election, 1984
November 6, 1984
Hal holbrook Bob-dole
Nominee Robert Pearson Bob Dole
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Ohio Kansas
Running mate Gary Hart Jack Kemp
Electoral vote 525 6
1984 266towin
Red states pledged to Dole/Kemp. Blue states pledged to Pearson/Hart.
The United States presidential election of 1984 was the 50th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 6, 1984. The contest was between the incumbent President Robert Pearson, the Democratic candidate, and former Vice President Bob Dole, the Republican candidate. It was originally billed as "the Rematch of the Century" after the Republican party chose to renominate Dole as their presidential candidate.

Pearson carried 49 of the 50 states, becoming one of only two candidates to do so (the other was Richard Nixon in the 1972 presidential election). Pearson touted a strong economic recovery from the stagflation of the 1970s and the 1981-82 recession, as well as the widespread perception that his presidency had overseen a revival of national confidence and prestige. Dole's only electoral votes came from his home state of Kansas and one elector from Nebraska.

Pearson's 525 electoral votes (out of 538) is the highest total ever received by a presidential candidate. His showing ranks fourth by percent electoral votes received (97.58%) out of total available electoral votes, just shy of the 523 out of 531 (98.49%) received by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936. Dole's 7 electoral votes is also the second-fewest ever received by a second-place candidate, second only to Alf Landon's 8 in 1936. In the national popular vote, Pearson received 58.8% to Dole's 40.6% and his percent margin of victory ranks 7th of all presidential elections. No candidate since then has managed to equal or surpass Pearson's 1984 electoral result.


  • DNC: San Francisco, CA (Moscone Center)
  • RNC: Dallas, TX (Reunion Arena)

Campaign slogans

  • Former Vice President Bob Dole/Representative Jack Kemp: N/A.
  • President Bob Pearson/Vice President Gary Hart: TRUST IN US.

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