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OfficePresident
TypeDemocratic Primary Election
Filing Deadline January 01, 1980 - 12:00pm
Polls Open February 26, 1980 - 06:00am
Polls Close June 03, 1980 - 08:00pm
Term Start January 20, 1981 - 12:00pm
Term End January 20, 1985 - 12:00pm
Turnout 8.67% Total Population
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifiedChronicler October 25, 2008 06:23am
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Description
The Democratic primaries of 1980 were waged between President Jimmy Carter and two leading Democratic challengers, U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts and Gov. Jerry Brown of California. Carter's attempt to provide a moderate government during the economic upheaval undermined his support among the more liberal Democrats in Congress, who in many cases supported Kennedy. While Kennedy initially enjoyed a substantial lead in the polls, Carter's response to the Iranian hostage crisis beginning in 12/1979 provided an immediate boost to his popularity. By the time the primaries and caucuses began, Carter had regained his lead among most Democrats. Carter won more delegates in the primaries and caucuses, but several of his delegates switched their allegiance to Kennedy in the meantime. After the end of the primary season, Carter won renomination at the Democratic National Convention of 1980.

The Democratic Party in the Carter Administration

When Jimmy Carter was inaugurated as President on 1/20/1977, the hopes of the Democratic Party were high. The perceived weaknesses of the Nixon and Ford administration provided a unique opportunity for the Carter administration to make its mark. As the year progressed, Carter worked with Congress to establish cabinet-level departments of Energy and Education. Vietnam War draft dodgers were pardoned, a treaty was passed to hand the Panama Canal to Panama

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LAST GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won11/02/1976
NameJimmy Carter Votes40,830,763 (50.06%)
Term01/20/1977 - 01/20/1981 Margin1,682,970 (+2.06%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyRepublican Won11/04/1980
NameRonald Wilson Reagan Votes43,904,153 (50.75%)
Term01/20/1981 - 01/20/1985 Margin8,420,270 (+9.73%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
RaceUS President National Vote 11/04/1980
MAP
World Countries Map MAP
KEY RACE? 0.0000000000 Average
LEANING PREDICTIONS    Detail
CandidateSlightLeanStrongSafe
Leaning Call: 0 (0.00%)
Weighted Call: 0 (0.00%)
MATCHUP POLL GRAPH
Poll Graph

04/01/1978 08/01/1980

CANDIDATES
Photo
Name (I) President Jimmy Carter Sen. Edward M. Kennedy Unpledged Gov. Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr. Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. Others Richard B. Kay
PartyDemocratic Democratic Democratic Democratic Democratic Democratic Democratic
Uncertified Votes10,043,016 (51.11%) 7,381,693 (37.57%) 1,288,423 (6.56%) 575,296 (2.93%) 177,784 (0.91%) 79,352 (0.40%) 48,061 (0.25%)
Margin0 (0.00%) -2,661,323 (-13.54%) -8,754,593 (-44.55%) -9,467,720 (-48.18%) -9,865,232 (-50.21%) -9,963,664 (-50.71%) -9,994,955 (-50.87%)
Predict Avg.0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Cash On Hand $-- $-- $-- $-- $-- $-- $--
Website [Website] [Website]
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MATCHUP POLLS (22 from 1 pollsters)
Adj Poll Avg51.16%-- 41.16%-- 0.00%-- 0.00%-- 0.00%-- 0.00%-- 0.00%--
Gallup 
08/01/80-08/01/80
48.00% 12.0 38.00% 4.0 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% --
Gallup 
07/01/80-07/01/80
60.00% 2.0 34.00% 3.0 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% --
Gallup 
05/15/80-05/15/80
58.00% 7.0 31.00% 5.0 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% --
Gallup 
05/01/80-05/01/80
51.00% 2.0 36.00% 3.0 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% --
Gallup 
04/01/80-04/01/80
53.00% 6.0 33.00% 2.0 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% --
Gallup 
03/21/80-03/21/80
59.00% 1.0 31.00% 3.0 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% --
ENDORSEMENTS
Endorsements
D Bob
D Brandonius Maximus
D Andy
D Howard Dean
D La Fayette
D Morris K. "Mo" Udall
D Biden '16
I lucky
FL Silver Dime
AENM Angry Russian
D Dolores Huerta
D César Estrada Chávez [L]
R Hikikomori Blitzkrieg!
D Hulan E. Jack [L]
MORE CANDIDATES
Photo  
Name Gov. Cliff Finch Bob Maddox Donald J. Reaux William L. Nuckols Frank Joseph Ahern Ray "Buttercup" Rollinson  
PartyDemocratic Democratic Democratic Democratic Democratic Democratic  
Uncertified Votes48,032 (0.24%) 4,002 (0.02%) 2,255 (0.01%) 609 (0.00%) 571 (0.00%) 364 (0.00%)  
Margin-9,994,984 (-50.87%) -10,039,014 (-51.09%) -10,040,761 (-51.10%) -10,042,407 (-51.11%) -10,042,445 (-51.11%) -10,042,652 (-51.11%)  
Predict Avg.0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%  
Cash On Hand $-- $-- $-- $-- $-- $--  
Website [Website]  
MATCHUP POLLS (22 from 1 pollsters)
Adj Poll Avg0.00%-- 0.00%-- 0.00%-- 0.00%-- 0.00%-- 0.00%--  
Gallup 
08/01/80-08/01/80
0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% --
Gallup 
07/01/80-07/01/80
0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% --
Gallup 
05/15/80-05/15/80
0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% --
Gallup 
05/01/80-05/01/80
0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% --
Gallup 
04/01/80-04/01/80
0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% --
Gallup 
03/21/80-03/21/80
0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% -- 0.00% --
ENDORSEMENTS
Endorsements
 

EVENTS
Start Date End Date Type Title Contributor
Jan 12, 1980 05:00pm Jan 12, 1980 08:00pm Debate Mondale-Kennedy-Brown Primary Debate  Chronicler 

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00/00/1980 Edward M. Kennedy TVAd Mixed eng Ted Kennedy - 1980 Presidential Campaign Ads   00:01:41 Green Pigs 

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