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1984 United States presidential election in Wyoming

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1984 United States presidential election in Wyoming

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Ronald Reagan 1985 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 133,241 53,370
Percentage 70.51% 28.24%

Wyoming Presidential Election Results 1984.svg
County Results

President before election

Ronald Reagan

Elected President

Ronald Reagan

The 1984 United States presidential election in Wyoming 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.

Wyoming 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 incumbent Vice President and 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 Wyoming, with just under 99 percent of the electorate voting for either the Democratic or Republican parties, and only three parties appearing on the ballot.[1] Every county in Wyoming voted in majority for the Republican candidate, a particularly strong turn out even in this typically conservative leaning state. The Republican turnout is softest in the middle Southern part of the State, inclusive and extending West of Laramie, but is ubiquitous.

Wyoming weighed in for this election as 12 points more Republican than the national average and with 70.51% of the popular vote, the state proved to be Reagan's fourth strongest state in the 1984 election after Utah, Idaho and Nebraska.[2]

Democratic platform

Walter Mondale accepted the Democratic nomination for presidency after pulling narrowly ahead of Senator Gary Hart of Colorado and Rev. Jesse Jackson of Illinois - his main contenders during what would be a very contentious[3] Democratic primary. During the campaign, Mondale was vocal about reduction of government spending, and, in particular, was vocal against heightened military spending on the nuclear arms race against the Soviet Union,[4] which was reaching its peak on both sides in the early 1980s.

Taking a (what was becoming the traditional liberal) stance on the social issues of the day, Mondale advocated for gun control, the right to choose regarding abortion, and strongly opposed the repeal of laws regarding institutionalized prayer in public schools. He also criticized Reagan for his economic marginalization of the poor, stating that Reagan's reelection campaign was "a happy talk campaign," not focused on the real issues at hand.[5]

A very significant political move during this election: the Democratic Party nominated Representative Geraldine Ferraro to run with Mondale as Vice-President. Ferraro is the first female candidate to receive such a nomination in United States history. She said in an interview at the 1984 Democratic National Convention that this action "opened a door which will never be closed again,"[6] speaking to the role of women in politics.

Republican platform

Reagan challenging Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall!," from the Brandenburg Gate in June, 1987. Reagan's firm stance with the Soviet Union was an important contributor to his 1984 reelection.
Reagan challenging Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall!," from the Brandenburg Gate in June, 1987. Reagan's firm stance with the Soviet Union was an important contributor to his 1984 reelection.

By 1984, Reagan was very popular with voters across the nation as the President who saw them out of the economic stagflation of the early and middle 1970's, and into a period of (relative) economic stability.[7]

The economic success seen under Reagan was politically accomplished (principally) in two ways. The first was initiation of deep tax cuts for the wealthy,[8] and the second was a wide-spectrum of tax cuts for crude oil production and refinement, namely, with the 1980 Windfall profits tax cuts.[9] These policies were augmented with a call for heightened military spending,[10] the cutting of social welfare programs for the poor,[11] and the increasing of taxes on those making less than $50,000 per year.[8] Collectively called "Reaganomics", these economic policies were established through several pieces of legislation passed between 1980 and 1987.

Some of these new policies also arguably curbed several existing tax loopholes, preferences, and exceptions, but Reaganomics is typically remembered for its trickle down effect of taxing poor Americans more than rich ones. Reaganomics has (along with legislation passed under presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton) been criticized by many analysts as "setting the stage" for economic troubles in the United States after 2007, such as the Great Recession.[12]

Virtually unopposed during the Republican primaries, Reagan ran on a campaign of furthering his economic policies. Reagan vowed to continue his "war on drugs," passing sweeping legislation after the 1984 election in support of mandatory minimum sentences for drug possession.[13] Furthermore, taking a (what was becoming the traditional conservative) stance on the social issues of the day, Reagan strongly opposed legislation regarding comprehension of gay marriage, abortion, and (to a lesser extent) environmentalism,[14] regarding the final as simply being bad for business.

Republican victory

Reagan won the election in Wyoming with a resounding 42 point sweep-out landslide. While Wyoming typically voted conservative at the time, the election results in Wyoming are also reflective of a nationwide reconsolidation of base for the Republican Party which took place through the 1980s; called by Reagan the "second American Revolution."[7] This was most evident during the 1984 presidential election. No Republican candidate has received as strong of support in the American West at large, as Reagan did.

It is speculated that Mondale lost support with voters nearly immediately during the campaign, namely during his acceptance speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. There he stated that he intended to increase taxes. To quote Mondale, "By the end of my first term, I will reduce the Reagan budget deficit by two thirds. Let's tell the truth. It must be done, it must be done. Mr. Reagan will raise taxes, and so will I. He won't tell you. I just did."[5] Despite this claimed attempt at establishing truthfulness with the electorate, this claim to raise taxes badly eroded his chances in what had already begun as an uphill battle against the charismatic Ronald Reagan.

Reagan also enjoyed high levels of bipartisan support during the 1984 presidential election, both in Wyoming, and across the nation at large. Many registered Democrats who voted for Reagan (Reagan Democrats) stated that they had chosen to do so because they associated him with the economic recovery, because of his strong stance on national security issues with Russia, and because they considered the Democrats as "supporting American poor and minorities at the expense of the middle class."[14] These public opinion factors contributed to Reagan's 1984 landslide victory, in Wyoming and elsewhere.


1984 United States presidential election in Wyoming
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Ronald Reagan 133,241 70.51% 3
Democratic Walter Mondale 53,370 28.24% 0
Libertarian David Bergland 2,357 1.25% 0
Totals 188,968 100.00% 3

Results by county

County Ronald Reagan
Walter Mondale
David Bergland
Margin Total votes cast
# % # % # % # %
Albany 7,452 60.36% 4,708 38.13% 186 1.51% 2,744 22.23% 12,346
Big Horn 4,019 76.51% 1,175 22.37% 59 1.12% 2,844 54.14% 5,253
Campbell 8,387 83.91% 1,525 15.26% 83 0.83% 6,862 68.65% 9,995
Carbon 4,557 65.55% 2,295 33.01% 100 1.44% 2,262 32.54% 6,952
Converse 3,542 78.31% 929 20.54% 52 1.15% 2,613 57.77% 4,523
Crook 2,286 83.01% 450 16.34% 18 0.65% 1,836 66.67% 2,754
Fremont 9,885 70.61% 3,969 28.35% 145 1.04% 5,916 42.26% 13,999
Goshen 3,776 72.84% 1,364 26.31% 44 0.85% 2,412 46.53% 5,184
Hot Springs 1,943 73.43% 672 25.40% 31 1.17% 1,271 48.03% 2,646
Johnson 2,634 81.27% 558 17.22% 49 1.51% 2,076 64.05% 3,241
Laramie 19,348 64.93% 10,110 33.93% 341 1.14% 9,238 31.00% 29,799
Lincoln 3,854 78.32% 1,021 20.75% 46 0.93% 2,833 57.57% 4,921
Natrona 18,488 69.86% 7,598 28.71% 378 1.43% 10,890 41.15% 26,464
Niobrara 1,098 80.79% 239 17.59% 22 1.62% 859 63.21% 1,359
Park 7,994 79.19% 1,965 19.47% 136 1.35% 6,029 59.72% 10,095
Platte 2,813 68.28% 1,232 29.90% 75 1.82% 1,581 38.37% 4,120
Sheridan 7,460 66.14% 3,648 32.34% 171 1.52% 3,812 33.80% 11,279
Sublette 1,976 82.47% 389 16.24% 31 1.29% 1,587 66.24% 2,396
Sweetwater 8,308 60.59% 5,230 38.14% 174 1.27% 3,078 22.45% 13,712
Teton 3,487 67.85% 1,565 30.45% 87 1.69% 1,922 37.40% 5,139
Uinta 4,075 75.31% 1,276 23.58% 60 1.11% 2,799 51.73% 5,411
Washakie 3,245 76.30% 970 22.81% 38 0.89% 2,275 53.49% 4,253
Weston 2,614 83.59% 482 15.41% 31 0.99% 2,132 68.18% 3,127
Totals 133,241 70.51% 53,370 28.24% 2,357 1.25% 79,871 42.27% 188,968

See also


  1. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  2. ^ "1984 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  3. ^ Kurt Andersen, "A Wild Ride to the End", Time, May 28, 1984
  4. ^ Trying to Win the Peace, by Even Thomas, Time, July 2, 1984
  5. ^ a b Mondale's Acceptance Speech, 1984, AllPolitics
  6. ^ Martin, Douglas (2011-03-27). "Geraldine A. Ferraro, First Woman on Major Party Ticket, Dies at 75". The New York Times. pp. A1. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  7. ^ a b Raines, Howell (November 7, 1984). "Reagan Wins By a Landslide, Sweeping at Least 48 States; G.O.P. Gains Strength in House". The New York Times. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "U.S. Federal Individual Income Tax Rates History, 1913–2011 (Nominal and Inflation-Adjusted Brackets)". Tax Foundation. September 9, 2011. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  9. ^ Joseph J. Thorndike (Nov 10, 2005). "Historical Perspective: The Windfall Profit Tax". Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  10. ^ Historical tables, Budget of the United States Government Archived 2012-04-17 at the Wayback Machine, 2013, table 6.1.
  11. ^ Niskanen, William A. (1992). "Reaganomics". In David R. Henderson (ed.). Concise Encyclopedia of Economics (1st ed.). Library of Economics and Liberty. OCLC 317650570, 50016270, 163149563
  12. ^ Jerry Lanson (2008-11-06). "A historic victory. A changed nation. Now, can Obama deliver?". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
  13. ^ Alexander, Michelle (2010). The New Jim Crow. New York: The New Press. p. 5. ISBN 978-1595581037.
  14. ^ a b Prendergast, William B. (1999). The Catholic vote in American politics. Washington DC: Georgetown University Press. pp. 186, 191–193. ISBN 0-87840-724-3.
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