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Ronald Reagan ran two successful campaigns for the Presidency with a combination of name recognition from his time as an actor and being the Former Governor of California along with promises of tax reform and government restructuring. After the widespread economic downturn of the 1970’s along with the OPEC oil crisis many Americans felt squeezed by depressed wages, a lack of jobs, and a higher cost of living. Reagan’s promises helped him build a strong and active voter base that allowed him to secure 44 states in the 1980 election and 49 in the 1984 election. This widespread support for Reagan is reflected on many items of his campaign.