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Ronald Reagan was the Republican nominee for the 1980 presidential election against the incumbent President Jimmy Carter. The Reagan-Bush ticket promoted Reagan’s first campaign with his running mate George Bush. Their campaign advocated for defending against the communist threat posed by the Cold War and situation in Iran. They also urged for a reduction of big government. Reagan was elected president on November 4th, 1980, with 489 electoral college votes against 49, and over 50% of the popular vote. This election set the record for oldest president-elect in United State’s history to that point.