1980 United States presidential election in Kentucky

The 1980 United States presidential election in Kentucky took place on November 4, 1980. All 50 states and The District of Columbia were part of the 1980 United States presidential election. Kentucky voters chose 9 electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

United States presidential election in Kentucky, 1980

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Nominee Ronald Reagan Jimmy Carter
Party Republican Democratic
Home state California Georgia
Running mate George H. W. Bush Walter Mondale
Electoral vote 9 0
Popular vote 635,274 616,417
Percentage 49.07% 47.61%

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County Results

President before election

Jimmy Carter

Elected President

Ronald Reagan

Kentucky was won by former California Governor Ronald Reagan (R) by a slim margin of 1 point.[1] As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last time that Kentucky has leaned more Democratic than the nation as a whole.[2] It is also the last time that Scott County, Shelby County, Boyle County, Woodford County, Grant County, Anderson County, Mercer County, Pendleton County, and Washington County voted for the Democratic candidate.


  1. ^ "1980 Presidential General Election Results - Kentucky". uselectionatlas.org.
  2. ^ "1984 Presidential Election".