Election '84: The Promise: You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet!

The President's triumph ranks with the biggest ever

For an utterly predictable election, it managed to generate surprising suspense and even a bit of tension at the very end. Not about who would win, of course, or even whether it might be close; the public opinion polls had pretty well answered that. Rather, the question was whether Ronald Reagan would win re-election by a historic landslide. The verdict came almost the moment the count began: a resounding yes.

On television maps it showed up as a tide of blue (or red, depending on the network)...

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