|1980 presidential election|
Carter and Mondale
|Date(s)||August 11–14, 1980|
|City||New York City|
|Venue||Madison Square Garden|
|Presidential nominee||Jimmy Carter of Georgia|
|Vice Presidential nominee||Walter Mondale of Minnesota|
|Votes needed for nomination||1,677|
|Results (President)||Carter (Georgia): 2,129.02 (63.63%)|
Kennedy (Massachusetts): 1,150.48 (34.38%)
Carey (New York): 16 (0.48%)
Proxmire (Wisconsin): 10 (0.30%)
Others: 40.5 (1.21%)
|Results (Vice President)||Mondale (Minnesota): 2,428.7 (72.91%)|
Not Voting: 723.3 (21.72%)
Scattering: 179 (5.37%)
The 1980 National Convention of the U.S. Democratic Party nominated President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale for reelection. The convention was held in Madison Square Garden in New York City from August 11 to August 14, 1980.
The 1980 convention was notable as it was the last time in the 20th century, for either major party, that a candidate tried to get delegates released from their voting commitments. This was done by Senator Ted Kennedy, Carter's chief rival for the nomination in the Democratic primaries, who sought the votes of delegates held by Carter.
After losing his challenge for the nomination earlier that day, Ted Kennedy spoke on August 12 and delivered a speech in support of President Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party. Kennedy's famous speech eventually closed with the lines: "For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die." His speech was written by Bob Shrum.
Various prominent delegates to this convention included Abe Beame, Geraldine Ferraro, Bruce Sundlun, Ruth Messinger, Thomas Addison, Ed Koch, Robert Abrams, Bella Abzug, Mario Biaggi, Steve Westly, and Howard Dean.
Delegate voting results
|Democratic National Convention presidential vote, 1980|
|Jimmy Carter (inc.)||2,123||(64.04%)|
|Koryne Kaneski Horbal||5||(0.15%)|
|Scott M. Matheson||5||(0.15%)|
|Hugh L. Carey||1||(0.03%)|
|Thomas J. Steed||1||(0.03%)|
With the Kennedy delegates angry at losing the election, those who bothered to show up for the morning balloting decided to scatter their votes. Over 700 of them did not bother to make it on time, and it took several roll calls to conclude the first ballot. This is the last time during the 20th century that the Democratic Party had a roll call for the Vice Presidential spot.
Vice Presidential tally:
|Democratic National Convention Vice presidential vote, 1980|
|Walter Mondale (inc.)||2,429||(72.99%)|
|Abstain/failed to show up||724||(21.76%)|
|Roberto A. Mondragon||19||(0.57%)|
|Patricia Stone Simon||11||(0.33%)|
|Richard M. Nolan||4||(0.12%)|
|Patrick Joseph Lucey||3||(0.09%)|
|George S. Broody||1||(0.03%)|
|Michella Kathleen Gray||1||(0.03%)|
|Michael J. Harrington||1||(0.03%)|
|Eunice Kennedy Shriver||1||(0.03%)|
|Mary Ann Kuharski||1||(0.03%)|
|William A. Redmond||1||(0.03%)|
On November 4, President Carter and Vice President Mondale lost to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in the general election, having lost both the popular election by 8,423,115 votes and the Electoral College by 440 votes.
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