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1980 Democratic National Convention

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1980 Democratic National Convention
1980 presidential election
Carter and Mondale
Date(s)August 11–14, 1980
CityNew York City
VenueMadison Square Garden
Presidential nomineeJimmy Carter of Georgia
Vice Presidential nomineeWalter Mondale of Minnesota
Total delegates3,346
Votes needed for nomination1,677
Results (President)Carter (Georgia): 2,129.02 (63.63%)
Kennedy (Massachusetts): 1,150.48 (34.38%)
Carey (New York): 16 (0.48%)
Proxmire (Wisconsin): 10 (0.30%)
Others: 40.5 (1.21%)
Results (Vice President)Mondale (Minnesota): 2,428.7 (72.91%)
Not Voting: 723.3 (21.72%)
Scattering: 179 (5.37%)
‹ 1976  ·  1984 ›
Madison Square Garden was the site of the 1980 Democratic National Convention
Madison Square Garden was the site of the 1980 Democratic National Convention
Carter and Mondale stand together at the end of the convention
Carter and Mondale stand together at the end of the convention

The 1980 National Convention of the U.S. Democratic Party nominated President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale for reelection. The convention was held in Madison Square Garden in New York City from August 11 to August 14, 1980.

The 1980 convention was notable as it was the last time in the 20th century, for either major party, that a candidate tried to get delegates released from their voting commitments. This was done by Senator Ted Kennedy, Carter's chief rival for the nomination in the Democratic primaries, who sought the votes of delegates held by Carter.

Notable speakers

After losing his challenge for the nomination earlier that day, Ted Kennedy spoke on August 12 and delivered a speech in support of President Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party. Kennedy's famous speech eventually closed with the lines: "For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die." His speech was written by Bob Shrum.[1]

Various prominent delegates to this convention included Abe Beame, Geraldine Ferraro, Bruce Sundlun, Ruth Messinger, Thomas Addison, Ed Koch, Robert Abrams, Bella Abzug, Mario Biaggi, Steve Westly, and Howard Dean.[citation needed]




Delegate voting results[2]

Democratic National Convention presidential vote, 1980
Candidate Votes Percentage
Jimmy Carter (inc.) 2,123 (64.04%)
Ted Kennedy 1,151 (34.72%)
William Proxmire 10 (0.30%)
Koryne Kaneski Horbal 5 (0.15%)
Scott M. Matheson 5 (0.15%)
Ron Dellums 3 (0.09%)
Robert Byrd 2 (0.06%)
John Culver 2 (0.06%)
Kent Hance 2 (0.06%)
Jennings Randolph 2 (0.06%)
Warren Spannaus 2 (0.06%)
Alice Tripp 2 (0.06%)
Jerry Brown 1 (0.03%)
Dale Bumpers 1 (0.03%)
Hugh L. Carey 1 (0.03%)
Walter Mondale 1 (0.03%)
Edmund Muskie 1 (0.03%)
Thomas J. Steed 1 (0.03%)
Totals 3,315 100.00%

Vice President

With the Kennedy delegates angry at losing the nomination contest, those who bothered to show up for the morning balloting decided to scatter their votes. Over 700 of them did not bother to make it on time, and it took several roll calls to conclude the first ballot. This is the last time during the 20th century that the Democratic Party had a roll call for the Vice Presidential spot.

Vice Presidential tally:[3]

Democratic National Convention Vice presidential vote, 1980
Candidate Votes percentage
Walter Mondale (inc.) 2,429 (72.99%)
Abstain/failed to show up 724 (21.76%)
Melvin Boozer 49 (1.44%)
Ed Rendell 28 (0.84%)
Roberto A. Mondragon 19 (0.57%)
Patricia Stone Simon 11 (0.33%)
Tom Daschle 10 (0.30%)
Ted Kulongoski 8 (0.24%)
Shirley Chisholm 6 (0.18%)
Terry Chisholm 6 (0.18%)
Barbara Jordan 4 (0.12%)
Richard M. Nolan 4 (0.12%)
Patrick Joseph Lucey 3 (0.09%)
Jerry Brown 2 (0.06%)
George McGovern 2 (0.06%)
Eric Tovar 2 (0.06%)
Mo Udall 2 (0.06%)
Les Aspin 1 (0.03%)
Mario Biaggi 1 (0.03%)
George S. Broody 1 (0.03%)
Michella Kathleen Gray 1 (0.03%)
Michael J. Harrington 1 (0.03%)
Frank Johnson 1 (0.03%)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver 1 (0.03%)
Dennis Krumm 1 (0.03%)
Mary Ann Kuharski 1 (0.03%)
Jim McDermott 1 (0.03%)
Barbara Mikulski 1 (0.03%)
Gaylord Nelson 1 (0.03%)
George Orwell 1 (0.03%)
Charles Prine 1 (0.03%)
William A. Redmond 1 (0.03%)
Jim Thomas 1 (0.03%)
Elly Uharis 1 (0.03%)
Jim Weaver 1 (0.03%)
William Winpisinger 1 (0.03%)

The President's acceptance speech

President Carter gave his speech accepting the party's nomination on August 14. This was notable for his gaffe intended to be a tribute to Hubert Humphrey, whom he first called "Hubert Horatio Hornblower."[4]

On November 4, President Carter and Vice President Mondale lost to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in the general election, having lost both the popular election by 8,423,115 votes and the Electoral College by 440 votes.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Auletta, Ken. "Kerry's Brain." The New Yorker. 20 Sept. 2004.
  2. ^ "US President - D Convention Race - Aug 11, 1980". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
  3. ^ Our Campaigns - US Vice President - D Convention Race - Aug 11, 1980
  4. ^ "Carter Blows the Horn Of the Wrong Horatio". The New York Times. August 15, 1980.
  5. ^ 1980 Presidential General Election Results

External links

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