She told us that Reagan could have won Minnesota with a couple more campaign appearance and they knew it. But Reagan knew he was needed more in helping with a handful of down ticket races in states which he had already sewn up, so he opted to help out the team rather than create history as the first president ever elected for an all state sweep.
As it turned out, the only campaign appearance he made in Minnesota was a late evening refueling stop in Rochester on election eve which was barely in time to make the 10 p.m. news.
He was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd. We voted and the morning after the election, my father work us up with an early morning phone call.
"Did you hear that they caught both those guys?" He asked.
Still wiping the sleep from my eyes (I'd just gotten married a few months earlier and was up late doing what many newlyweds do), I asked "Both what guys?"
"Both of those guys that voted for Mondale" chuckled my Dad.
Reagan would have been the third president to win all the states—after George Washington and James Monroe. Of course there were a lot fewer states back then.