After using President Elect to see how Joe Biden would have done against Ronald Reagan in 1984, I decided to see what would have happened if the Democrats had instead nominated then New York Governor Mario Cuomo. Cuomo electrified the ’84 Democratic Convention with his keynote speech and was considered for Vice President, though Walter Mondale ultimately selected Geraldine Ferraro.
For the purpose of this simulation, I assumed that Cuomo followed Mondale’s lead and picked a female running mate. Since both Cuomo and Ferraro were New Yorkers, I had Cuomo pick Colorado’s Pat Schroeder.
Here’s how things ended up:
As you can see, Cuomo only won the electoral votes of the District of Columbia. He even lost New York, though he did manage to hold Regan down to a 57% victory in that state. Still, Cuomo did get more of the popular vote than Biden did in yesterday’s simulation.
Here’s the state-by-state results:
And finally, here’s the electoral map. Keep in mind that President Elect uses red for the Democrats and blue for the Republicans.