Outline of the state of California with superimposed text in dark green on a yellow background.
Before running for president, Ronald Reagan was the governor of California for two terms, from 1967-1975. Pat Brown, the incumbent and his opponent, tried to use Reagan’s career as an actor and lack of political experience against him. However, Reagan managed to win Californians over, promising to run the state more efficiently. In the 1980 and 1984 presidential elections, Reagan won more votes than his Democratic opponents and carried the state, though it was the last time a Republican presidential candidate would win the state. In later life, Reagan retired to his home in Los Angeles, which was no longer “Reagan Country.”
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