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1984 United States presidential election in Colorado

The 1984 United States presidential election in Colorado took place on November 6, 1984. All 50 states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1984 United States presidential election. Colorado voters chose 8 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president of the United States.

United States presidential election in Colorado, 1984

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Nominee Ronald Reagan Walter Mondale
Party Republican Democratic
Home state California Minnesota
Running mate George H.W. Bush Geraldine Ferraro
Electoral vote 8 0
Popular vote 821,818 454,974
Percentage 63.44% 35.12%

County Results

President before election

Ronald Reagan

Elected President

Ronald Reagan

Colorado 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 backgroundEdit

The presidential election of 1984 was a very partisan election for Colorado, with over 98% of the electorate voting for either the Democratic or Republican parties, though several parties appeared on the ballot.[1] As was typical for the time, the large majority of counties in Colorado voted mainly for the Republican candidate. Since the election, the trend of Colorado becoming a swing state became apparent in the elections of the 1990s and 2000s. Reagan did best in Rio Blanco County, and Mondale did the best in Costilla County, along the Southern Rockies. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Adams County, Boulder County, Gilpin County, Lake County, Pitkin County, Saguache County, and San Miguel County voted for the Republican candidate. This is also the last election in which Colorado was decided by double digits.

Republican victoryEdit

On the campaign trail, President Reagan is welcomed at the graduation commencement for the United States Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. May, 1984.

Reagan won the election in Colorado with a resounding 28 point sweep-out landslide. These very decisive results in Colorado, which was rapidly transitioning toward swing state by this time, are reflective of a nationwide reconsolidation of base for the Republican Party which took place through the 1980s; called by Reagan the "second American Revolution."[2] 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."[3] 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 Colorado, 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."[4] These public opinion factors contributed to Reagan’s 1984 landslide victory, in Colorado and elsewhere.


United States presidential election in Colorado, 1984
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Ronald Reagan 821,818 63.44% 8
Democratic Walter Mondale 454,974 35.12% 0
Libertarian David Bergland 11,257 0.87% 0
Independent Lyndon LaRouche 4,662 0.36% 0
New Alliance Party Dennis Serrette 978 0.08% 0
Prohibition Earl Dodge 859 0.07% 0
Socialist Workers Party Melvin Mason 810 0.06% 0
Write-Ins 23 >0.01% 0
Totals 1,295,381 100.0% 8

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Archived from the original on 2012-04-14. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  2. ^ 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. Archived from the original on 2013-11-14. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  3. ^ Mondale's Acceptance Speech, 1984 Archived 2013-06-06 at the Wayback Machine, AllPolitics
  4. ^ Prendergast, William B. (1999). The Catholic vote in American politics. Washington DC: Georgetown University Press. pp. 186, 191–193. ISBN 0-87840-724-3.