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Parents > United States > U.S. Executive
OfficePresident
Type Primary Election
Filing Deadline December 01, 1979 - 12:00pm
Polls Open December 08, 1979 - 08:00pm
Polls Close December 09, 1979 - 11:00pm
Term Start January 20, 1981 - 01:00am
Term End January 20, 1985 - 01:00pm
Turnout 0.00% Total Population
ContributorBob
Last ModifiedChronicler March 17, 2008 06:38am
Data SourcesNew York Times, 11/13/1979
Description
The American Party during the Carter Administration

Following the "tie" between the American Party and the American Independent Party in 1976, the two factions re-organized on the state and national level. The American Party was particularly strong in DE, IN, KY, MN, and UT. In the midterm elections of 1978, the party ran 10 candidates for U.S. House and three for the U.S. Senate in these states.

2d American Party National Convention

The party's second convention was held in Pasadena CA on 12/8-9/1979. The convention was bitterly divided between the "reactionary" wing and the "progressive" wing. The latter group sought to open the party to economic conservatives who were moderate on social and civil rights issues. The former wing was closely tied to the John Birch Society.

The convention nominated Percy Greaves for President on the 16th ballot. Greaves, who was part of the "progressive" faction, had been a Free Libertarian Party candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1974. The primary objection of delegates to Greaves was that he did not believe that overturning Roe vs. Wade was a major issue for the party. Frank L. Varnum of CA was nominated for VP.

Campaign of 1980

The Greaves campaign was severely hampered by the disunity at the national convention. He tried unsuccessfully to win the AIP nomination. Local AP affiliates were dissatisfied by Greaves's moderate stand on the abortion issue. Minnesota's American Party li

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LAST GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won12/13/1976
NameJimmy Carter Votes297 (55.20%)
Term01/20/1977 - 01/20/1981 Margin57 (+10.59%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyRepublican Won12/15/1980
NameRonald Wilson Reagan Votes489 (90.89%)
Term01/20/1981 - 01/20/1985 Margin440 (+81.78%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
RaceUS President 12/15/1980
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Name Percy L. Greaves Jr. Frank W. Shelton Jr.  
PartyAmerican American  
Uncertified Votes1 (100.00%) 0 (0.00%)  
Margin0 (0.00%) -1 (-100.00%)  
Predict Avg.0.00% 0.00%  
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