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This Day in Georgia History

November 04, 1980

Carter Lost to Reagan

One year from the date of the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Iran, Pres. Jimmy Carter lost the presidential election to Republican challenger Ronald Reagan. Reagan won 43,904,000 popular votes, compared to 35,484,000 for Carter, 5,720,060 for Independent candidate John Anderson, and 921,299 for Libertarian Ed Clark. In terms of electoral votes, however, the race wasn’t event close - Reagan won 489 electoral votes to only 49 for Carter.