Thanks to RuleOfDrama, fictional elections often come down to [[DecidedByOneVote a tiny handful of votes, or even just a single vote]]. This may result in a DarkHorseVictory or a victory by the [[UnderdogsNeverLose candidate commonly reckoned to be the "underdog"]]. Sometimes a [[SleazyPolitician crooked machine politician]] will be unseated, to the shock of everyone.

Then again, sometimes one side [[CurbStompBattle just plain gets clobbered]]. When that happens, you have a LandslideElection. If it's ''really'' one-sided, one might even call it a "[[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomp Election]]". When these type of elections occur, they generally fall under a few basic types:

* The election was held in [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny a state where the elections are just for show]], and only serve to confirm that the current [[EvilOverlord despot]] or [[TheConspiracy despots]] are [[VillainWithGoodPublicity supported by "the people"]].
* In places with functioning multiparty democratic systems...
** A party normally in strong contention nominates a more [[KnightTemplar radical]] or [[IncorruptiblePurePureness philosophically principled]] candidate, whose proposals are too far out of the mainstream to garner much public support. He is then thoroughly clobbered by a more [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids pragmatic]] opponent. Sometimes, however, this defeat is instrumental in securing a victory in some future election; the idealist candidate "rallies the troops", and gets them excited about politics again.
** One candidate is so strong and so popular (sometimes because of a war effort) that the opposition has no chance whatsoever, even though said opposition would probably win against a generic candidate. Often, the main opposition will decline to run against the candidate, or even support it, leaving minor parties to try (and fail) to win.
** The main opposition party disintegrates due to internal dissension and a general lack of organisation and purpose. One party will win all the major elections until a viable replacement for the opposition can be found.
** The party which has been governing for the past few years has been doing a ''spectacularly'' cruddy job, or at least many people ''believe'' that they have. In an election that most people think is long-overdue, the electorate decides to "Throw the Bums Out" in a big way.
** A major party winds up getting split between two factions, allowing another party to come up the middle and win easily. May or may not overlap with the party disintegration variant, above.
** No particular problem or political issue caused it; it's just that one candidate has a ''crippling'' lack of [[TheCharmer charisma]] and [[UnaccustomedAsIAmToPublicSpeaking oratorical ability]], and possesses [[LackOfEmpathy zero ability to connect with the voters]].

In fiction, of course, a LandslideElection averts deciding by one vote, so it is most often used for [[PlayedForLaughs comedy]], rather than for [[PlayedForDrama drama]]. When used for drama, it can serve to illustrate [[VillainWithGoodPublicity how much the villain has made himself beloved by the public]] (perhaps thereby proving that DemocracyIsBad), or serve as a cathartic final victory for the good guys, proving that they have triumphed beyond doubt. This is probably a more realistic way to show that the heroes have "won" than having them win by a narrow margin, since an election won by a very narrow margin generally does not give the winner a "mandate" to do what he wants, and one may rest assured that a significant portion of the electorate will probably resent the fact that he took office.

Because this deals with the results of elections, '''expect spoilers'''.

Compare DownToTheLastPlay.

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!!Examples:

[[AC:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' has a landslide election in the Smiler vs. Beast election, with 48 of the 50 states going to [[spoiler:the Smiler]].
* In ''ComicBook/{{PS238}}'' the class president election between American Eagle and US Patriot Act ends in a landslide election for... Tyler Marlocke, who wasn't even on the ballot. Everyone else in the class voted for him as a write-in candidate because they couldn't stand either of the official candidates.
* In ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' comic book story "King Smurf", the nameless Smurf wins the election by an overwhelming majority, with his opponent Brainy Smurf only getting two votes to prove how unpopular he was with his constant nagging and moralizing.

[[AC:Fan Fic]]
* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', Mitchell Deacon wins his seat as governor by a landslide, and it's predicted former governor George Cochran will easily win his bid for President.

[[AC:Film]]
* In the film version of ''Literature/TheLastHurrah'', [[LoveableRogue Frank Skeffington]] expects to win re-election handily, and we are given little reason at first to suppose that he won't win by a landslide. In the end, the vote ''is'' a landslide victory- for Skeffington's opponent, [[BrainlessBeauty Kevin McCluskey]]. The change in mood at Skeffington's headquarters as the returns come in is a highlight of the film.
* In ''Film/IMarriedAWitch'', Wallace Wooley, who has married Jennifer the witch (he thinks she's joking), is a candidate for governor. Jennifer uses her magic to make ''every voter in the state'' vote for him. A horrified Wally realizes that she wasn't kidding about being a witch.
--> '''Wally''': What if she runs me for President?

[[AC:Literature]]
* A landslide is predicted at the end of ''Don Quixote, U.S.A.'', when the narrator has assumed the identity of a Caribbean insurgent, overthrown the dictator, and announced free elections. He refers to Johnson's election and says he'd be happy with sixty percent of the votes; his right-hand man says they'd have to run a crooked election to get '''less''' than ninety percent. The actual election results are never shown, but the narrator is still president years later. (''Film/{{Bananas}}'' was partly inspired by this book, though obviously with a rather different ending.)
* At the end of ''Storm of Swords'', the third book of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the Night's Watch needs to vote for a new Lord Commander. They've spent nine days with about nine or so candidates and none even coming close to the necessary two-thirds of the votes. King Stannis demanded on the tenth day that the Night's Watch ''would'' choose a commander, or they wouldn't eat. Earlier that day, Sam convinced the two leading candidates to support [[spoiler: Jon Snow]], and his friend Edd offered [[spoiler: Jon]]'s name for consideration that night. On the tenth night of the voting, a ''very'' surprised [[spoiler: Jon Snow]] wins. By a ''lot''.
* In the Literature/NewJediOrder novel ''Destiny's Way'', one of the B-plots involves the New Republic Senate trying to pull itself together after the loss of its capital, Coruscant. The first major step is replacing the Chief of State, who was killed in the attack. The initial voting comes out with four candidates of note: Cal Omas ([[ReasonableAuthorityFigure good]]), Fyor Rodan ([[EvilChancellor bad]]), Ta'laam Ranth ([[SleazyPolitician pragmatic]]), and Pwoe ([[LesCollaborateurs really bad]]; he's noteworthy mostly for having previously declared himself Chief of State, calling the election illegal, and ''[[EpicFail receiving three votes in total]]''). The three main candidates are pretty much even through the first portion of the book, with Ranth quickly falling back and planning to cut a deal with whoever pulls ahead to make a coalition government. Then the [[LoveableRogue Smuggler's Alliance]] steps in and strategically undercuts Rodan's support, mostly by revealing proof of his supporters' corruption and abuses of power, or blackmailing those supporters with the same. Once Omas jumps ahead of the other two, various individual Senators begin breaking ranks and coming over, hoping for favors once he's in the top seat, and Ranth withdraws in his favor -- leading Omas to win by ''85%'' of the vote.
* In ''[[Literature/TrailOfGlory 1828: The Arkansas War]]'' it's mentioned that no-one ever runs against the Arkansas Confederacy's founder Patrrick Driscol in the elections for the chieftaincy of the Arkansas chiefdom. This bothers Driscol to no end, since he is a fervent democrat and republican who hates everything that smacks of autocracy and at one point he punches out a man who jokingly refers to him as "The Laird of Arkansas".

[[AC:Live Action Television]]
* The 2002 Presidential Election on ''Series/TheWestWing'' was originally predicted to be close, but instead turned into a LandslideElection after President Bartlet ''[[CurbStompBattle eviscerated]]'' Governor Richie in the debate.
** The usual aftermath is averted, however: while Bartlet is a compellingly charismatic leader who wins all his personal elections comfortably, his party never manages to profit from it, and he has to govern with a hostile congress throughout his term of office. Disappointed party members accusingly call him "The lonely landslide". Of course, if the Republicans didn't have power throughout the series, it would have undermined their status as the opposition, since audiences tend to root for the underdog.
* The "Election Night Special" sketch on ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' featured a possible example; Silly candidate "Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-F'tang-F'tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel" defeated Sensible Candidate Alan Jones, 58% to 42% - quite a big swing considering that the Sensible Party previously held the seat. Both men thoroughly crushed the "Slightly Silly" independent, Kevin Phillips-Bong, who received ''zero'' votes.
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}} the Third'' featured a by-election in the rotten borough of "Dunny-on-the-Wold"; Baldrick was elected by 16,472, with zero votes cast in opposition. Not surprisingly, the election was fixed; Blackadder took the place of the only eligible voter (who [[CutHimselfShaving "accidentally brutally cut his head off while combing his hair"]]) ''and'' the returning officer (who [[CutHimselfShaving "accidentally brutally stabbed himself in the stomach while shaving"]]).
* Mr. Lindermann in the first season of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' uses Micah's technopathic ability to manipulate the electronic voting machines and fix Nathan Petrelli's election to Congress into a landslide victory.
* In British drama series ''Series/TheAmazingMrsPritchard'' about an 'ordinary' woman with no political experience who starts a new political party the titular character ends up winning the General Election with 54% of the vote seats and 378 seats with the Conservatives and Labour reduced to less than 270 seats between them.
* An episode of ''Series/BarneyMiller'' took place on election day. Inspector Luger is a strong proponent of a good friend of his who is running for office, even though the only thing that anybody else can remember about the candidate is that he was accused of being involved with bribery and corruption in the sanitation department (the Inspector's awkward attempts to defend the candidate on the grounds that "[[ImplausibleDeniability they couldn't prove any of that]]" only seem to confirm the truth of the accusations). Not surprisingly, the candidate loses by a margin of more than 5 to 1.
* On ''Series/DanForMayor'' by election day Dan is expected to lose by a landslide with the polls showing him at less than 5% support. His main concern at that point is to actually come in second place so he can claim that he was a 'runner-up candidate'. The subversion comes right before the results are made official when the front-runner concedes the election since she has just been offered a position in the federal government. Dan does not want the job anymore but the only other candidate left is Wheelo The Clown.
* The election of David Palmer in-between Seasons 1 and 2 of ''Series/TwentyFour'' saw him with with a 60% share of the popular vote for very much the same reasons that UsefulNotes/BarackObama would later win the 2008 election in real-life, namely an excellent campaign together with an uninspired opponent.
** Though the exact results aren't revealed, Allison Taylor is said to have scored a similarly decisive victory prior to Season 7, due to a combination of being the first female nominee for president, and incumbent president Noah Daniels deliberately running a poor campaign due to his disillusionment with the office.
* Seemingly played in one episode of the short-lived sitcom ''Down Home''. Protagonist Kate runs against her ex-boyfriend in a mayoral election. After particularly revolting mud slinging from both sides, the election occurs and the previous mayor comes to Kate to inform her she's won the election two-to-one.
-->'''Kate:''' Wow, I thought that after that debate, people would be too disgusted to vote.\\
'''Mayor:''' Well, when I said "two-to-one"...\\
''Pulls three ballots out of his pocket.''
* The ''Series/{{Skins}}'' election for Student President; Naomi is the intelligent, politically inclined, idealistic, injustice hating candidate who thinks she might be able to use the position to make a difference - up against Cook, whose slogan is "vote for me - I don't give a fuck either", and UpperClassTwit Crispin. Since all the students know that the election is largely a show for something that'll look good on the school's OFSTED report, they buy into Cook's anarchic philosophies instead. The teachers attempt to rig the result by stuffing the ballots for Cook into Harriet's bra, and declaring Naomi the winner. Naomi overheard their whole plan though, and since this is injustice hating Naomi we're talking about she [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome pulls out all the votes in front of everybody and gracefully concedes defeat]]. And Cook promptly starts a riot.

[[AC:Manga and Anime]]
* When we first meet Haruka in ''Anime/MaiHime'', she's the student council's disciplinary executive which appears to be a means by which she can foist her own ideas about "morals" and "values" onto the rest of the student body. Neither the Student Council President or Vice President (Shizuru and Reito) seemed inclined to stop her. As an omake and subsequent episodes show [[spoiler: Haruka originally ran against Shizuru for Student Council President, largely on the same platform that she's enforcing now. She lost by a landslide (817 votes for Shizuru vs. 12 votes for her) since the average student isn't particularly interested in a MoralGuardian hovering over them. Shizuru keeps Haruka around to do the unpleasant tasks for the Student Council so she can keep her hands clean. An early hint that Shizuru is not quite all sweetness and light.]]
* That's how Medaka Kurokami becomes the student council president in ''Manga/MedakaBox'', winning with 98% of votes. Her campaign for reelection was nowhere that easy.
* During ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' ''Series 1'', there was an episode that involved NiceGuy Masaharu running against AlphaBitch Tamaki. He was about to back out after delivering a WorldOfCardboardSpeech, but Tamaki goaded him into continuing due to her {{Pride}}. Only two people voted for Tamaki while everyone else voted for Masaharu.

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Douche and Turd" featured an election for the position of "school mascot" between the title characters. The whole episode appeared to be a [[SubvertedTrope set-up]] for a DecidedByOneVote scenario, with AnAesop about the importance of voting. After Stan is ''finally'' persuaded to cast his vote, which he does for the Turd Sandwich, the Giant Douche wins the election, 1410 to 36. To [[FromBadToWorse make matters worse]], a messenger arrives just after the results are read to tell the characters that outside circumstances had [[SpoofAesop rendered the whole election unnecessary]], and ''neither'' candidate would take his place as mascot.
* ''TheSimpsons'' saw Sideshow Bob (a convicted felon) defeat incumbent Mayor "Diamond" Joe Quimby (also a convicted felon) in a shocking landslide, with Bob getting at least 99% of the vote. It subsequently turns out that Bob rigged the election by fraudulently adding votes from dead people onto his list, [[AndYourLittleDogToo even the Simpsons' dead cat, Snowball]]. However, it's implied (and confirmed via WordOfGod) that Bob would actually have won the election anyway due the voters being fed up with Quimby, whose performance was further sabotaged by the Simpsons unwittingly giving him super-drowsy cough medicine before an all-important debate, but in true Nixon style Bob just ''had'' to ensure victory in the dirtiest manner possible.
** The episode "E Pluribus Wiggum" also saw [[TheDitz Ralph Wiggum]] win the first Presidential Primary in the United States by a massive landslide. The voters, fed up and angry, deliberately chose to vote for the biggest moron they could find.
** ''Lisa's Substitute'' where a new class president would be elected was this. Only because two people in the entire class voted, resulting in "one for Martin, two for Martin!"
--> '''Bart''': If only [[DecidedByOneVote me, Millhouse and Louis would have voted...]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' had Ed Bighead winning the election (after a giant smear campaign against Rocko) with hundred of thousands of votes and only two votes for Rocko when campaigning for the city dog catcher. (The two votes being Rocko himself and Filburt - Heffer broke down and cried that ''even he'' couldn't vote against Ed after his campaign.)
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/BlinkyBill'' featured an election for club president that Danny Dingo won by 47 votes to 2, even though there were only six club members.
* On the ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' episode "Cobra's Candidate," a mayoral candidate just discovered by his constituents to be working with [[NebulousEvilOrganization Cobra]] loses by a margin of ''2 to 2.1 million'', with his only two votes suggested to have come from his wife and mother. They turn out be from [[SingleMindedTwins Tomax and Xamot]], who promptly rip up their election stubs out of frustration.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'', Princess Toadstool wins an election over King Koopa with 6 million votes. Koopa's lone vote was his own, meaning [[EvenEvilHasStandards not even his children or his minions voted for him!]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' Quentin Trembley, the 8th & 1/2 President of the United States, won by a landslide -- as in [[LiteralMetaphor all the other candidates were literally buried by a landslide]].
* A similar joke was used in a ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' short, where Bullwinkle is running for club president. He's the first on the clubhouse on voting day when Boris calls to tell him he won by a landslide... because a landslide has buried the clubhouse, making Bullwinkle the only one able to vote. Too bad he voted for Rocky.
* Two examples in ''WesternAnimation/BeverlyHillsTeens'':
** "The Dog Ate My Homework": Larke wins the title of the Midnight Ball Princess 82 votes against one. Leading to a CrowningMomentOfFunny once Bianca realizes not even Wilshire voted for her.
** In "Poll Climbers", Shanelle wins with 95% of the votes once Bianca's scheming is revealed.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In the season 5 episode ''[[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E19CrusadersOfTheLostMark Crusaders of the Lost Mark]]'', Pipsqueak runs for class president against Diamond Tiara. Diamond's campaign is based on getting a huge statue of herself at the school; she resorts to blackmail and bribery to try to get votes. Pipsqueak's goal is to get new playground equipment to replace what was damaged or destroyed during Twilight's fight with Tirek in the season 4 finale, and runs a fair campaign (with the help of the Crusaders), which leads to him getting every vote but Diamond Tiara's (she votes for herself, naturally).
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