Despite these setbacks, though, President Reagan continued to remain popular with the American people. In the 1984 Presidential race, he smashed his Democratic opponent Walter Mondale, 525 Electoral College votes to Mondale's 13. He also received almost sixty percent of the popular votes. Never before had there been such a victory. Although Mondale lost dramatically, his campaign was nevertheless historic because his vice presidential running mate was Senator Geraldine Ferraro who thus became the first woman to ever run on a presidential campaign for a major party.