Mar 5, 2024 - News

Historic primary photo to go

Historical photo of Ronald Reagan listening to local voters at a campaign event.

Ronald Reagan stopped in San Diego ahead of Super Tuesday in 1980. Photo: Bettmann via Getty Images

We're taking you back to 1980, when there was early use of the election phrase "Super Tuesday."

The big picture: In that presidential election, Super Tuesday described the final Tuesday of the primary season in June, when key states like California cast votes, according to the National Constitution Center.

  • Now, it marks the start of primary elections in more than a dozen states, usually in March.
  • That switch to earlier primaries was driven by Southern states looking to gain influence in the 1984 election.

Zoom in: This June 1980 photo shows then-Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan listening intently to San Diego tuna fishermen on a brief campaign swing on the eve of California's primary election.

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