Button, John Anderson, 1980

Button, John Anderson, 1980

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In 1980, Representative John Anderson of Illinois participated in 20 Republican primaries, finishing second in several, before declaring himself an independent candidate for president. Anderson’s National Unity Campaign polled well in the summer (reaching a high of 26%) and he qualified for the ballot in all 50 states. His support declined by November but Anderson’s final total of 6.6% of the popular vote places him seventh on the all-time list of third-party candidates.
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Anderson, John B.
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Robert E. Matthews, Jr.
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Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
American Democracy
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National Museum of American History
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National Museum of American History
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