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Parents > United States > U.S. Executive
Type General Election
Filing Deadline June 01, 1984 - 12:00pm Central
Polls Open December 17, 1984 - 06:00am Central
Polls Close December 17, 1984 - 08:00pm Central
Term Start January 20, 1985 - 12:00pm
Term End January 20, 1989 - 12:00pm
Turnout 0.00% Total Population
Last ModifiedRP December 04, 2015 06:49pm
Data SourcesCongressional Record, 1/7/1985
Recap of Popular Vote

President Ronald Reagan won a dramatic re-election on 11/6/1984. He carried the popular vote with 58% to 41% for former VP Walter Mondale. Reagan won 49 of the 50 states, leaving Mondale with a razor-thin win in Minnesota and a runaway win in the District of Columbia. Of the 538 people chosen to cast the electoral vote, 525 were Republican and 13 were Democratic.

Casting the Electoral Vote

The Presidential Electors met in their respective state capitol buildings on 12/17/1984 to cast the electoral vote. The 51 individual ceremonies were witnessed by small a limited number of guests, primarily relatives of the Electors.

All Presidential Electors voted for the nominees of their parties. The Associated Press, however, reported that one Republican Elector in Illinois attempted to vote for Geraldine Ferraro (the Democratic nominee) for Vice President. The chairman of the Illinois electoral college called for a second ballot, and VP Bush won all 24 electoral votes. The certificate of vote of Illinois did not indicate that a second ballot took place.

Joint Session of Congress, 1/7/1985


Joint Session of Congress

Congress assembled in joint session on 1/7/1985 to count the electoral votes. The U.S. Senate entered the U.S. House chamber at 12:55 p.m., and the session lasted for roughly 30 minutes. VP Bush presided, with Majority Leader Jim Wright of the U.S. House (who had been presiding over U.S. House sessions in the absence of Speaker Tip O'Neill) serving as assistant chairman. The tellers were as shown in the table.

The two mahogany boxes containing the electoral votes of the states were opened, and that of Alabama was first read. When it was complete, VP Bush announced that unless an objection was made, only the critical information would be read from the certificates of vote of other states. There was no objection.

As it turned out, no member of Congress raised an objection to the result of any state. VP Bush declared Ronald Reagan to have been re-elected President and himself to have been re-elected Vice President. The purpose of the joint session having been completed, members of the Senate departed from the House chamber at 1:22 p.m.


  PartyRepublican Won12/15/1980
NameRonald Wilson Reagan Votes489 (90.89%)
Term01/20/1981 - 01/20/1985 Margin440 (+81.78%)
  PartyRepublican Won12/19/1988
NameGeorge H. W. Bush Votes426 (79.18%)
Term01/20/1989 - 01/20/1993 Margin315 (+58.55%)
Jun 24, 1983 US President - PRB Convention Earl F. Dodge Jr.
Sep 04, 1983 US President - LBT Convention David Bergland
Sep 05, 1983 US President - Soc Convention No Nominee
Dec 04, 1983 US President - Am Convention Delmar Dennis
Jan 23, 1984 US President - Com Convention Gus Hall
Jul 01, 1984 US President - Independent Alliance Campaign Dennis L. Serrette
Jul 01, 1984 US President - WWP Campaign Larry Holmes
Jul 01, 1984 US President - National Unity Campaign John B. Anderson
Jul 01, 1984 US President - SWP Campaign Melvin T. "Mel" Mason
Jul 01, 1984 US President - WLP Campaign Edward Winn
Jul 19, 1984 US President - D Convention Walter F. "Fritz" Mondale
Aug 12, 1984 US President - Citizen's Party Convention Sonia Johnson
Aug 19, 1984 US President - Pop Convention Bob Richards
Aug 23, 1984 US President - R Convention Ronald Wilson Reagan
Aug 26, 1984 US President - PFP Convention Sonia Johnson

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Name (I) President Ronald Wilson Reagan Vice President Walter F. "Fritz" Mondale Party Leader David Bergland Sonia Johnson  
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Certified Votes525 (97.58%) 13 (2.42%) 0 (0.00%) 0 (0.00%)  
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