50 Replies to “Election Night 1980 ABC News Coverage”

  1. I know a lot of folks like Reagan but I recall his Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop, ignoring the AIDS crisis when it started getting really bad in the early 1980s. My parents told me that he wasn't too kind to federal employees, which my parents were. I'm sure this won't go over well with a lot of folks on here but I wasn't ever a fan of his. I guess we're all entitled to our opinions.

  2. Australien does not represent the Aryan concept of Charisma, Sunna, or the German verbal noun, Austrahlung, as well as the word Beatdown does to a Startled Reichstag and Merkel-Karrenbauer experiened just today in the Steam Sauna from i bet an ancestor of Donald Trump. #Patina

  3. What a happy night that was. I was a senior in high school, and I was ecstatic. I had cried 4 years earlier when Ford took the nomination from Reagan. Every once in a while I go back to watch 80 and 84 election night coverage just to relive the glory days. I miss the 80s so much.

  4. Even the polls back then lied.But just think if Reagan ran today.Hewiuld get the Trump treatment.Our educational system was just beginning to indoctrinate our children at that time.Its controlled br far left socialist democrats.And today you can see the result of it.We have crazy snowflakes now .Robots to vote democrat..But Trump landslide 2020.

  5. I voted for Reagan when I was in kindergarten on an Apple II in the school library. It was a big deal that day. God, I miss the 80's.

  6. The race for control of the U.S. Senate was not as close as suggested at the end of this telecast at 4:38:25. ABC had earlier made incorrect projections of Democratic wins in Georgia and North Carolina. Republicans ended up winning all three of the races that ABC considered undecided when it signed off for the night (Barry Goldwater in Arizona, Bob Kasten in Wisconsin, and Frank Murkowski in Alaska). The final lineup for the new Senate was 53 Republicans, 46 Democrats, and one independent.

  7. At 1:35, ABC was one of several news outlets to incorrectly project that Democratic Senator Herman Talmadge of Georgia would be re-elected. When all the votes were counted, Republican Mack Mattingly had defeated Talmadge by 50.9% to 49.1%. One theory is that the projection desks overestimated the willingness of African American voters to support the onetime segregationist Talmadge. Whatever the reason, the Republican victory in the Senate race was remarkable given that at the top of the ticket President Jimmy Carter was easily carrying his home state.

  8. One thing a lot of people tend to forget about in change elections, and the 1980 presidential election certainly qualifies as a change election, is the sometimes major role third-party candidates play. In 1968, '76, '92, 2000, and 2016, all "change elections", it can be argued that the third party candidate (or multiple third party candidates, as was the case in 2016) helped to decide the election. And even in 1980, while John Anderson's third party candidacy didn't turn the election, his performances in numerous close states (mid-to-high single digits in percentage), helped to make the 1980 election the landslide it was. Reagan was going to win anyway, but Anderson took a lot of votes from Carter, which in turn, presented those closer states that Carter might have won to Reagan, which created the 489-49 margin of victory for Reagan in 1980.

  9. Some of the states in the great plains and the mountain region actually have a longer tradition of voting republican in presidential elections than the southern states. But they don't get as much attention because they don't have a lot of electoral votes.

  10. Oh wow, they screwed up on projecting Maryland for Reagan. Had never seen anyone screw up a call of a state until the year 2000. It's interesting to know that ABC screwed up a projection in 1980.

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