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United States Senate election in South Dakota, 1980
November 2, 1980
JamesAbdnor.jpg George McGovern bioguide.jpg
Nominee James Abdnor George McGovern
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 190,594 129,018
Percentage 58.20 39.40
Election results by county

Incumbent Senator
George McGovern

James Abdnor

The 1980 United States Senate Election in South Dakota was held on November 2, 1980. Incumbent Democratic Senator and former presidential candidate George McGovern was defeated by Congressman James Abdnor convincingly, in what would result in a Republican landslide known as the Reagan Revolution. The influence of Ronald Reagan's popularity in Congressional elections came to be known as Reagan's coattails.


South Dakota United States Senate Election, 1980
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican James Abdnor 190,594 58.20
Democratic George McGovern (Incumbent) 129,018 39.40
Independent Wayne Peterson 7,866 2.40
Majority 61,576 18.80
Turnout 327,478
Republican gain from Democratic Swing -13.64


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