Ronald Reagan (58.8%), Walter Mondale (40.6%)
Why did republicans win?
John Hinckley Jr. pulled out a gun and fired 6 shots in quick succession at Reagan who didn't have a bullet proof vest on. One bullet hit the Press Secretary, police officer and McCarthy acted as a human shield and was hit in the abdomen. Reagan had been shot, passed out loss of blood, narrowly missed his heart. Made humerous comments and carried on.
Reaganomics, Stockman proposed a budget to increase defence spending, tax cuts, cuts in non-defence.Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 - steep increases in military spending. The highest earners in the United States witnessed a drastic reduction in the income tax…