In 1980, at the end of President Jimmy Carter's first and what would be only term, California Governor Jerry Brown challenged Carter for the Democratic Party nomination. Also challenging Carter for the Democratic nomination was Senator Ted Kennedy. On the Republican side, another former California Governor, Ronald Reagan, stood in Carter's way.
Brown's campaign never really got off the ground, facing hurdles with both fundraising and polling. His campaign focussed on three key points: a balanced budget amendment, increasing funding for space exploration, and opposition to nuclear power. After a poor showing in the New Hampshire primary (getting 10% of the vote), Brown put all his money on Wisconsin. Although he had been polling well there, he still only pulled in 11%.
By the time of the Democratic Convention, Brown had gotten less than 3% of all primary votes.