Walter Mondale had been Jimmy Carter’s VP. Four years after Carter’s loss to Ronald Reagan in 1980, the Democrats put up Walter Mondale to run against Reagan’s re-election.
Things didn’t turn out well for Mondale in 1984. Although he was the front-runner on the Democratic side, he faced primary competition from Jesse Jackson and Gart Hart. Forty votes short of the nomination going into the convention, Mondale’s standing with party leadership gave him a quick nod with the overwhelming support of unelected super-delegates.
At the convention, Mondale selected Geraldine Ferraro as his running-mate, the first woman to run on a major party national ticket.
Mondale went on to lose to Ronald Reagan who won by a landslide, taking 49 staes. Mondale got his home state of Minnesota and Washington DC.