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Election night drama 1984

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Published on Sep 13, 2009

Live, late night footage of ABC and CBS coverage of election night 1984. Late night drama? The network computer programmers stayed up late in New York to see if Reagan would take Minnesota and thus sweep all 50 states.

This was the moment that ABC changed the colors of the states making red Republican and blue Democrat. Before this it had been the other way around in textbooks and on television. It was explained that "red was for Reagan." In fact, the networks chaffed under accusations that they were sympathetic to the political left and not unbiased. And red was the color of the "left."

As the drama mounts the big question was this, "Will Reagan sweep all fifty states?"

1984 election night | Reagan vs. Mondale election | When they made Republican states red? | Ronald Reagan against Walter Mondale | Did Reagan carry all fifty states | Election night 1984 CBS | Election night 1984 NBC | Election night 1984 ABC | Peter Jennings and David Brinkley cover election night | Dan Rather and Susan Spencer cover 1984 election night

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