One week delay Aug 29, 2016 18:47:00 GMT
Post by mcnutt on Aug 29, 2016 18:47:00 GMT
The takeover of the US Embassy in Teheran is delayed by one week. So therefore November 5, 1980, is not day 365 of the hostage crisis. The hostage crisis gets less media attention and Reagan gets fewer votes. He wins the election with a popular vote margin of 48% to 44%. Carter wins Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas,Tennessee, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Hawaii. The Electoral College is 344 Reagan and 194 Carter. Reagan is not declared the winner at 8PM Eastern Time. Since Pennsylvania, Michigan and Illinois are close, the election is called closer to midnight. The 1980 election is remembered as a nail biter not a landslide. Reagan does not have a mandate. The other problem he has a is a Democratic Senate. If you switch three percent of the vote that would reverse the results of 12 of the Senate Republican victories. While Reagan has to compromise more. He still gets his tax and budget cuts passed and goes on to have a successful presidency. He is still reelected in a landslide in 1984, but wins by a slightly lower margin. Elizabeth Holtzman wins in the 1980 Democratic New York Senate race. She is leading women politician. She is Mondale's running mate. Since she is single, there is no scandal about a husband finances. She also does not talk about being married to Italian men. Mondale wins Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Reagan wins in a 47 state landslide.