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1984 United States presidential election in Delaware

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1984 United States presidential election in Delaware

← 1980 November 6, 1984 1988 →
Ronald Reagan presidential portrait (cropped).jpg
Vice President Mondale 1977 closeup.jpg
Nominee Ronald Reagan Walter Mondale
Party Republican Democratic
Home state California Minnesota
Running mate George H. W. Bush Geraldine Ferraro
Electoral vote 3 0
Popular vote 152,190 101,656
Percentage 59.78% 39.93%

Delaware Presidential Election Results 1984.svg
County Results

President before election

Ronald Reagan

Elected President

Ronald Reagan

The 1984 United States presidential election in Delaware took place on November 6, 1984. All 50 states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1984 United States presidential election. State voters chose three electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president of the United States.

Delaware was won by incumbent United States President Ronald Reagan of California, who was running against former Vice President Walter Mondale of Minnesota. Reagan ran for a second time with former C.I.A. Director George H. W. Bush of Texas, and Mondale ran with Representative Geraldine Ferraro of New York, the first major female candidate for the vice presidency.

Partisan background

The presidential election of 1984 was a very partisan election for Delaware, with over 99% of the electorate voting either Democratic or Republican, though 6 parties appeared on the ballot.[1] All three of Delaware's counties gave Reagan an outright majority.

Delaware weighed in for this election as 1% more Republican than the national average.

Republican victory

Reagan won Delaware by just shy of 20%. His strongest county was Sussex County, Delaware's southernmost county, where he received over 2/3 of the vote. He also received over 60% in Delaware's middle county, Kent County. In New Castle County, Delaware's northernmost and most populous county, Reagan won by double digits, but was held to a 14.5% margin, discernibly less than his national margin.

In the Gilded Age, Delaware generally voted as part of the Democratic Solid South, voting Democratic in every election from 1868 through 1892 save 1872. From the 1896 election on, Delaware became a conservative-leaning state for about half a century, being one of only two Southern states to vote for Hughes in 1916 and one of only six states nationally to vote for Hoover in 1932. From 1952, however, Delaware became a bellwether state. 1984 was the tenth election in a row in which Delaware voted for the national winner.

However, 1984 would (as of 2020) turn out to be the second-to-last time that a Republican would carry the Blue Hen State. Although Reagan comfortably carried New Castle County, Republicans would not carry--or even exceed 40% in--Delaware's northernmost and by far most populous county from 1992 on. Democratic strength in this largely urbanized county has been more than enough to carry the state for the Democrats, even though Republicans remain dominant in Sussex County and competitive in Kent County.


1984 United States presidential election in Delaware
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Ronald Reagan 152,190 59.78% 3
Democratic Walter Mondale 101,656 39.93% 0
American Party Delmar Dennis 269 0.11% 0
Libertarian David Bergland 268 0.11% 0
Citizen's Party Sonia Johnson 121 0.05% 0
New Alliance Party Dennis Serrette 68 0.03% 0
Totals 254,572 100.00% 3

Results by county

County Reagan Votes Mondale Votes Other Votes
New Castle 57.1% 102,322 42.6% 76,238 0.3% 517
Kent 64.5% 21,531 35.3% 11,789 0.3% 83
Sussex 67.3% 28,337 32.4% 13,629 0.3% 126

See also


  1. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved 2013-11-11.
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