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Republican Party presidential primaries, 1980

← 1976 January 21 to June 3, 1980 1984 →
  Official Portrait of President Reagan 1981-cropped.jpg George H. W. Bush official CIA portrait.jpg John Bayard Anderson (cropped).jpg
Candidate Ronald Reagan George H. W. Bush John Anderson
Home state California Texas Illinois
Contests won 44 7 0
Popular vote 7,709,793 3,070,033 1,572,174
Percentage 59.8% 23.8% 12.2%

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Red indicates a win by Reagan, blue a win by Bush, and black is uncommitted.

Previous Republican nominee

Gerald Ford

Republican nominee

Ronald Reagan

The 1980 Republican presidential primaries were the selection process by which voters of the Republican Party chose its nominee for President of the United States in the 1980 U.S. presidential election.

Former California Governor Ronald Reagan was selected as the nominee through a series of primary elections and caucuses which happened in the Republican National Convention held from July 14 to July 17, 1980, in Detroit, Michigan.


Withdrew during primaries

Withdrew before primaries

Declined to run

The following potential candidates declined to run for the Republican nomination in 1980.[1][2]


Other websites

  • Shirley, Craig (2009). Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign That Changed America. Wilmington, Delaware: Intercollegiate Studies Institute. ISBN 978-1-933859-55-2
      . . online review by Lou Cannon