What a weekend to remember Reagan!

Where were you in 1980 or 42 years ago this weekend? I was almost packed to move to Mexico.  My company was transferring me to the bank branch in Mexico City.  It was an exciting time, especially as I went through the last details of my Mexico work visa and other matters related to the change.

I was also a volunteer on the Reagan-Bush team.  On Friday night, I recall working a phone bank and hearing all the senior people talking about a close election.  A few days before, we had seen Mr. Reagan debate President Carter, but the impact of “there you go again” was still unclear.  

On election day, I voted early, went to work, and then listened to the radio for any detail I could find.

At 7:00 P.M., I tuned in to the TV, expecting to stay up all night, as I had in 1976, when the Ford-Carter contest literally went into the early morning.

Around 7:00 P.M., the Eastern results came in, and Carter looked weak.  By 9:00, the Southern results started projecting a Reagan victory.  By 11:00, the Western results made it a landslide. 

The Reagan-Bush team got 489 electoral votes and almost 44 million votes.  It was amazing, to say the least.

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