Ronald Reagan swept to a landslide victory, winning at least 49 states and 525 electoral votes, the largest Electoral College total in history. Reagan carried or was leading in every state but Minnesota and the District of Columbia, gaining about 59 percent of the popular vote in what may have been a record turnout. The key to his sweep, network exit polls suggested, was massive support from white, middle-class voters. Democrat Walter F. Mondale's backing was concentrated among low-income voters, blacks and Jews. The Senate
Republicans were assured of continued control, but by less than the last Senate's 55-45 margin.
North Carolina: Jesse Helms (R) reelected.
Kentucky: Walter Huddleston (D) apparent loser
Massachusetts: John Kerry (D) won.
West Virginia: John Rockefeller (D) the victor.
Iowa: Tom Harkin (D) beat Roger Jepsen (R).
Illinois: Incumbent Charles Percy (R) in trouble.
Texas: Phil Gramm keeps seat in GOP column. The House
Republican scored House gains, but it was unlikely Reagan would regain a working majority.
Projections: NBC gave GOP 17 seats, CBS 16.
Losers: Twenty-two-year veteran Rep. Clarence Long (D-Md); 11-term incumbent Rep. Joseph Minish (D-N.J.); five-term Rep. Elliott Levitas (D-Ga.); Rep. Donald J. Albosta (D-Mich); Rep. William Ratchford (D-Conn.); freshman Rep. Frank McClosky (D-Ind). The Governorships
Republicans appeared to be picking up governorships in a few states, suggesting that the Democrats' 50-to-35 advantage in the statehouses may narrow slightly.
North Carolina: With nearly 80 percent of the vote counted, James Martin (R) appeared the victor.
Rhode Island: Edward DiPrete (R) was victorious over Anthony Solomon (D).
Arkansas: Incumbent Bill Clinton (D) appeared a winner.
West Virginia: With 80 percent of the vote counted, Arch Moore (R) was the projected winner. The District
The District, defying the national trend, went for Mondale, with turnout heavy.
Homeless initiative: The District became the nation's first jurisdiction to guarantee overnight shelter for the homeless. Approval of the initiative came over the opposition of City Hall, which had argued that it would cost more than $60 million.
City Council: Incumbent John Ray (D) was reelected to one at-large City Council seat, and Carole Schwartz (R) was leading in the race for a second seat. Also reelected were John Wilson (D-Ward 2); Charlene Drew Jarvis (D-Ward 4); H.R. Crawford (D-Ward 7) and Wilhelmina J. Rolark (D-Ward 8) Virginia
Reagan swept to a landslide victory in Virginia, with exit polls indicating he was supported by all age, income, occupation and education groups.
Incumbent Sen. John Warner (R) crushed challenger Edythe Harrison (D).
The two GOP House incumbents in northern Virginia, Rep. Frank Wolf in the 10th District and Rep. Stan Parris in the 8th District, won reelection with relative ease.
In Fairfax: T. Farrell Egge (R) defeated Gerald W. Hyland (D) and Gerald A. Hill (Ind) for the Board of Supervisors; the GOP may now hold sway over more than 60 countywide boards and commissions appointed by the supervisors. Fairfax voters also approved a $74.8 million school bond issue.
Bucking the GOP trend, County Board Vice Chairman John G. Milliken (D) won reelection. Maryland
Undergoing a rebirth, Republicans carried the state for Reagan -- one of just six he had lost in 1980 -- by 52 to 48 percent.
House races: Eleven-term Rep. Clarence D. Long (D), 75-year-old dean of Maryland's House delegation, was defeated by Helen Bentley (R) in the 2nd District. In other congressional races, all seven incumbents -- six Democrats and one Republican -- won reelection.
TRIM: In Prince George's County, voters eased one of the nation's most restrictive property tax caps, the six-year-old Tax Reform Initiative by Marylanders. The change, which sets the property tax limit at $2.43 per $100 asessed, will let revenues grow by between $6 million and $8 million annually.