1980 Jimmy Carter

Democratic President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn address some 1,000 people during a visit to Prairie du Chien on Aug. 18, 1979.

NORRIS KLESMAN - The Capital Times archives

Incumbent President Jimmy Carter fended off a challenge from Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy to win the Wisconsin primary and the Democratic nomination in 1980. But he would later lose badly to Ronald Reagan in the general election.

Wisconsin Democratic primary election results

  • Date: April 1, 1980
  • Winner: Jimmy Carter
  • Votes for: 353,662 (56%)
  • Runner up: Ted Kennedy (30%)

Wisconsin general election results

  • Date: Nov. 4, 1980
  • Winner: Ronald Reagan
  • Votes for: 1,088,845 (48%)
  • National winner: Ronald Reagan
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