This was crazy. President Jimmy Carter made a strange claim on MSNBC’s “Hardball”:
“Ronald Reagan only had less than 51% of the vote, but he won because of a third-party candidate.”
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Ronald Reagan won in 1980 with 50.75% of the vote and 44 of 50 states.
Carter only won 6 states and 41% of the vote. It was a thumping.