Thirty-two years ago, the United States of America unified behind the re-election of Ronald Reagan as president, giving him an Electoral College victory of 525 to 13.
Walter Mondale, Reagan’s opponent, only managed to win his home state of Minnesota and the federal government’s homeland of Washington, D.C.
Reagan, according to the National Archives, won 54,455,075 popular votes in 1984 — more than any presidential candidate up to that point. Mondale won only 37,577,185.
After Reagan’s 1984 landslide, the national population grew, but the popular and Electoral College vote totals of winning presidential candidates declined.
Two full decades would pass before any candidate would eclipse Reagan’s record 54,455,075 in the popular vote. No subsequent president has come close to his 525 Electoral College votes.
And none has argued as forcefully for limited government.
In 1988, George H.W. Bush defeated Michael Dukakis 48,886,097 to 41,809,074 in the popular vote and 426 to 111 in the Electoral College.
In 1992, Bill Clinton defeated Bush 44,908,254 to 39,102,343 …
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