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United States Senate election in Georgia, 1980
November 2, 1980
MackMattingly.jpg HermanTalmadge.jpg
Nominee Mack Mattingly Herman Talmadge
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 803,686 776,143
Percentage 50.87% 49.13%
County Results

Previous Senator
Herman Talmadge

Mack Mattingly

The 1980 Georgia United States Senate election was held on November 2, 1980 to select the U.S. Senator from the state of Georgia. Democratic Senator and former Governor of Georgia Herman Talmadge decided to run for re-election and lost a close race to Mack Mattingly, Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party. 1980 resulted in a landslide election for Republicans that would come to be known as the Reagan Revolution[1].

Election results

1980 United States Senate election, Georgia[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mack Mattingly 803,686 50.87%
Democratic Herman Talmadge (inc.) 776,143 49.13%
Majority 27,543
Turnout 1,579,829
Republican gain from Democratic Swing




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