History Main / DarkHorseVictory

9th Jan '18 6:23:36 PM jake38
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** Another [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/bge20_vote game contest]] that happened 2 years after the Draven debacle had another rally winner. The ''Videogame/{{Undertale}}'' fandom on both Reddit and Website/{{Tumblr}} first [[http://www.gamefaqscontests.com/drupal/node/22?matchnum=6072&num=2 helped the game have a comeback on]] ''Videogame/MassEffect3'', and then a really hard path (from ''Videogame/{{Fallout 3}}'' to ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'') on the way to the title. While unlike Draven [[ColbertBump the indie game got the attention and even some new fans from GameFAQs users]], again people laughing at the site's expense [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/poll/6182-did-the-best-game-ever-contest-convince-you-to-try-undertale was divisive]].
9th Jan '18 5:53:43 AM OlfinBedwere
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** The following year, Nuttall resigned after the party's vote collapsed at the general election. Several party veterans such as Peter Whittle, Jane Collins, and John Rees-Evans entered the race, but with the vote split seven ways it quickly appeared as though there would be a dark horse victor in the shape of Anne-Marie Waters, a far-right activist who ran on the express goal of reforming UKIP into an anti-Islam party, and whose supporters had reportedly joined the party en masse. The end result was even ''more'' of a shock, as Waters finished second behind Henry Bolton, a previously fairly obscure party member who won out largely thanks to having the important endorsement of Nigel Farage, and much less baggage than the other candidates.

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** The following year, Nuttall resigned after the party's vote collapsed at the general election. Several party veterans such as Peter Whittle, Jane Collins, and John Rees-Evans entered the race, but with the vote split seven ways it quickly appeared as though there would be a dark horse victor in the shape of Anne-Marie Waters, a far-right activist who ran on the express goal of reforming UKIP into an anti-Islam party, and whose supporters had reportedly joined the party en masse. The end result was even ''more'' of a shock, as Waters finished second behind Henry Bolton, a previously fairly obscure party member who won out largely thanks to having the important endorsement of Nigel Farage, and much less baggage than the other candidates.[[note]](Or rather, his baggage didn't come out until several months later, when it was alleged that he had been cheating on his then-wife with a glamour model, whose political views were almost as far-right as those of Waters. There were also further allegations from two of his ex-wives that he was a serial love rat)[[/note]]
7th Jan '18 2:08:48 PM WaterBlap
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** In "Arts 'n' Crass," the school has an art contest about student life. Most of the episode focuses on Daria and Jane's submission (a well-done but [[TrueArtIsOffensive deliberately shocking]] take on eating disorders) and how they want to rescind it from the contest after Ms. Li alters it without their approval. At the very end we find out that Brittany's entry (which looks like it might have been done by a five-year-old) actually won, to Daria and Jane's amusement.

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** In "Arts 'n' Crass," the school has an art contest about student life. Most of the episode focuses on Daria and Jane's submission (a well-done but [[TrueArtIsOffensive deliberately shocking]] shocking take on eating disorders) and how they want to rescind it from the contest after Ms. Li alters it without their approval. At the very end we find out that Brittany's entry (which looks like it might have been done by a five-year-old) actually won, to Daria and Jane's amusement.
7th Jan '18 4:16:42 AM OlfinBedwere
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** 1965: Reginald Maudling is widely expected to win, with Edward Heath as a dark horse and Enoch Powell as a complete outsider. However Maudling's poor record as Chancellor leaves Heath with a majority (though he fails to win due to the rather complicated rules) and both Maudling and Powell withdraw.

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** 1957: UsefulNotes/AnthonyEden is forced to stand down as Prime Minister after the Suez fiasco. At this stage the party lacked a formal leadership election process, and it was widely expected that Rab Butler, who had effectively taken over many of Eden's duties during the final two months of his leadership, would succeed him. After the party executive consulted with senior ministers and Conservative associations up and down the country, however, they found they Butler was simultaneously seen as having been both too aggressive (for initially pushing for Eden to overthrow the Egyptian government outright and install a puppet regime) and too weak (for not telling President Eisenhower where to go when he demanded that the UK stop what they were doing) on the matter of Suez. As a result, the job was handed instead to Eden's chancellor, UsefulNotes/HaroldMacmillan.
** 1963: Macmillan stands down due to a combination of health problems and a growing backlash to the Profumo scandal. Rab Butler was once again the initial favourite, but after it quickly became apparent that he had no more support than he did six years prior, the favourite quickly became Quintin Hogg, who campaigned for the leadership at that year's party conference, then resigned from the House of Lords and won a safe seat in a by-election... and in doing so, ended up ensuring that he ''didn't'' become the new leader, as actively campaigning for the leadership was considered beneath a potential Prime Minister at that time. As a result, the leadership ended up going to another peer, UsefulNotes/AlecDouglasHome, who also resigned from the House of Lords to join the Commons, but waited until after he'd actually been made leader.
** 1965: Douglas-Home, who had never been particularly comfortable as party leader, steps down after an election defeat, but not before overseeing the implementation of rules for proper leadership contests. Reginald Maudling is widely expected to win, with Edward Heath as a dark horse and Enoch Powell as a complete outsider. However Maudling's poor record as Chancellor leaves Heath with a majority (though he fails to win due to the rather complicated rules) and both Maudling and Powell withdraw.
3rd Jan '18 5:47:30 AM OlfinBedwere
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* The Liberal Democrats have had this happen a couple of times as well:
** 2007: After Sir Menzies Campbell steps down following a short, undistinguished spell as leader, the initial favourites to succeed him was were interim leader and party veteran Vince Cable, and Chris Huhne, an experienced MP and former MEP who had narrowly lost out to Campbell in the previous year's membership election. Cable refused to contest the leadership, however, and Huhne ended up being one of only two nominees alongside Nick Clegg, a relative political newcomer. While he initially remained the favourite, Huhne's campaign was damaged early on when it released a document derisively nicknaming his opponent "Calamity Clegg" and attacking his political track record, something that (at the time, at least) was seen as below the belt for a leadership contest. Huhne's campaign never recovered from this, and he ended up losing to Clegg by just 500 votes.
** 2015: With the party having been almost totally annihilated at that year's general election, Nick Clegg is forced to stand down as leader. Without many candidates to choose from, the contest comes down to Norman Lamb, one of the most experienced of the few surviving Liberal Democrat [=MPs=], and the relatively obscure Tim Farron. In the end, Lamb was hurt by having been relatively high-up in the previous coalition government, while Farron had much less baggage, allowing him to secure victory.
** 2017: Tim Farron steps down as leader, in part due to only being able to produce a mild improvement at the general election, but moreso because his personal beliefs came under attack for being opposed to most of the party's policies. It was initially treated as a ForegoneConclusion by most that Jo Swinson, who had just returned to parliament after losing her seat in 2015, would succeed Farron and become the party's first female leader. However, she refused to contest the position and opted to become ''deputy'' leader instead. Norman Lamb was then tipped to make a second shot, but he instead nominated veteran MP and former interim leader Vince Cable, who himself had just returned to parliament, as leader. Cable ended up being elected unopposed.
30th Dec '17 10:03:33 AM BKelly95
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* The second season of ''Series/SuperiorDonuts'' has Arthur run for president of the Business Owners' Association against Faws over the proposal to turn a local park into a parking lot. They have a debate with Sofia moderating. While they throw insults at each other, Sofia tries to keep the peace and even proposes a workable solution to the parking problem. When it dawns on the voters that she's the only one who's read the bylaws, they hold an impromptu vote then and there and elect her as the new president.
30th Dec '17 4:44:26 AM OlfinBedwere
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* A very similar thing happened with UsefulNotes/FranklinPierce eight years later. This time there was no two-thirds requirement... the problem was that there were ''four'' candidates (Cass, UsefulNotes/JamesBuchanan, Stephen A. Douglas and William L. Marcy) with radically different ideologies, and the vote kept swinging between the four with none of them willing to back out. Eventually Pierce was introduced to the process, and gradually earned enough support to win the nomination. For perspective, the 1844 race that saw Polk get nominated took ten ballots; this race took ''forty-nine'' ballots.

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* A very similar thing happened with UsefulNotes/FranklinPierce eight years later. This time there was no two-thirds requirement... the problem was that there were ''four'' four candidates (Cass, UsefulNotes/JamesBuchanan, Stephen A. Douglas and William L. Marcy) with radically different ideologies, and the vote kept swinging between the four with none of them willing to back out. Eventually Pierce was introduced to the process, and gradually earned enough support to win the nomination. For perspective, the 1844 race that saw Polk get nominated took ten ballots; this race took ''forty-nine'' ballots.


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* For the 1904 election, two-time Democratic candidate William Jennings Bryan decided to sit out that year, knowing that he had no chance of defeating the enormously popular UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt, and so tried nominating little-known senator Francis Cockrell in a SpringtimeForHitler gambit, so that he would prove a complete disaster and allow Bryan to swoop in and rescue the party in 1908. On the other hand, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst decided to try for the Democrat candidacy himself, and was popular among the voting base, but feared by the party bosses for his radical views. In the end, the nominee was neither Cockrell nor Hearst, but rather Alton B. Parker, an obscure New York judge who ended up being the only viable candidate, simply because he wasn't too controversial.
22nd Dec '17 2:34:35 PM N8han11
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* The ''Machinima/Supermarioglitchy4sSuperMario64Bloopers'' episode "MARIO'S CHALLENGE" features over 100 different characters competing to get to the top of the tower where Mario is, all to win what's in his box. There's a lot of suspense as to who will make it to the top and win the titular challenge, with focus being given to Luigi, Bowser and ''especially'' the [[TheBusCameBack returning]], [[EnsembleDarkhorse fan-favourite]] [[VideoGame/{{Splatoon}} Meggy. The last shot of the final floor has the three, amongst a few others, racing to the elevator... [[spoiler:only for the victor to be revealed as Shroomy, a character who had never been seen before. Even Mario is taken aback and confused about the result.]]

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* The ''Machinima/Supermarioglitchy4sSuperMario64Bloopers'' episode "MARIO'S CHALLENGE" features over 100 different characters competing to get to the top of the tower where Mario is, all to win what's in his box. There's a lot of suspense as to who will make it to the top and win the titular challenge, with focus being given to Luigi, Bowser and ''especially'' the [[TheBusCameBack returning]], [[EnsembleDarkhorse fan-favourite]] [[VideoGame/{{Splatoon}} Meggy.Meggy]]. The last shot of the final floor has the three, amongst a few others, racing to the elevator... [[spoiler:only for the victor to be revealed as Shroomy, a character who had never been seen before. Even Mario is taken aback and confused about the result.]]
22nd Dec '17 2:34:04 PM N8han11
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* The ''Machinima/Supermarioglitchy4sSuperMario64Bloopers'' episode "MARIO'S CHALLENGE" features over 100 different characters competing to get to the top of the tower where Mario is, all to win what's in his box. There's a lot of suspense as to who will make it to the top and win the titular challenge, with focus being given to Luigi, Bowser and ''especially'' the [[TheBusCameBack returning]], [[EnsembleDarkhorse fan-favourite]] [[VideoGame/{{Splatoon}} Meggy. The last shot of the final floor has the three, amongst a few others, racing to the elevator... [[spoiler:only for the victor to be revealed as Shroomy, a character who had never been seen before. Even Mario is taken aback and confused about the result.]]
16th Dec '17 7:58:33 AM jharrison3051
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* In the latter months of 2009 leading up to the special election to replace the late Senator Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts, it was very common to see stickers reading Martha Coakley or Mike Capuano, the Democratic frontrunners. Both of them poured all their resources into fighting each other, both fully expecting that, like most Massachusetts elections, the Democratic primary was the real contest and the general election would be a formality in the heavily Democratic state. Coakley won the primary, and showed downright ''offense'' at the notion that she should lower herself to campaign against a Republican - infamously responding to her lack of campaigning by stating, "As opposed to standing outside Fenway Park? In the cold? Shaking hands?" - and maintained a campaign of passive derision until the last ''week''. Of course, said Republican, Scott Brown, won the seat 52%-47%.

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* In the latter months of 2009 leading up to the special election to replace the late Senator Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts, it was very common to see bumper stickers reading for Martha Coakley or Mike Capuano, the Democratic frontrunners. Both of them poured all their resources into fighting each other, both fully expecting that, like most Massachusetts elections, the Democratic primary was the real contest and the general election would be a formality in the heavily Democratic state. Coakley won the primary, and showed downright ''offense'' at the notion that she should lower herself to campaign against a Republican - infamously responding to a question about her lack of campaigning by stating, "As opposed to standing outside Fenway Park? In the cold? Shaking hands?" - and maintained a campaign of passive derision until the last ''week''. Of course, said Republican, Scott Brown, won the seat 52%-47%.
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