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]]". These are not ''at all'' uncommon in RealLife; the examples could go on and on, but they generally fall under a few basic types[[note]]Please forgive the excessive use of examples from American Presidential elections. Because the United States have a ''two''-party system, as opposed to a system with more parties, ''and'' because Presidential elections involve only ''one'' person taking office, as opposed to Parliamentary systems where a whole slate of candidates stand, they make for very clean, neat examples, without a lot of confusion. Feel free to replace any of these if you have a better example, and break up the lamentable monotony[[/note]]:

!!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"]].
* Seen in many generally authoritarian and totalitarian regimes, whether old or still existing, which still have elections.
* One of the most famous (and most [[UpToEleven over-the-top]]) ''recent'' examples was the 2002 Presidential referendum in Iraq, which boasted ''100%'' voter turnout, and in which [[BlatantLies every single voter marked "Yes"]] to allowing UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein to continue as Iraq's [[JustTheFirstCitizen leader]] for 7 more years.
* In 1927, [[ Charles D.B. King]] put Hussein's rigged election to shame, when he claimed to receive 234,000 votes in the Liberian presidential election. The number of registered voters was ''less than 15,000''. With a margin of victory at least 1460%, the Guinness Book of World Records gives it the title of World's Most Fraudulent Election.
* Many people suspect this to be the cause of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's [[,_2009 massive victory]] in the [[UsefulNotes/{{Iran}} Iranian]] presidential election of 2009.
* Inverted with the [[,_1990 Burmese elections of 1990]], where the National League for Democracy won [[CurbStompBattle 392 seats out of 492]] (or roughly 80% of the parliament), forcing the military to deny the results so they could keep power (it helps when, during a democratic election, one of the major parties is the party of democracy, while the other is "hey, we're the army dictators who have been brutalizing the country for a few decades...").
* In the 2013 Azerbaijani elections, a smartphone app showed that Ilham Aliyev won with 72.76% while the nearest opposing candidate, Jamil Hasanli, tallied just 7.4%. Problem was, the app was released a day early and nobody had voted yet...
* In the [[,_November_1933 November 1933 elections]] the single [[ThoseWackyNazis N.S.D.A.P.]] list won 92.11% of the vote (of course, it helps that they had already banned all other political parties).
** In [[,_1936 1936]], the Nazi list won 98.80%.
** A cartoonish example with the [[,_1938 Anschluss referendum]], where, in addition to the Nazis receiving 99.7% of the vote, [[ the "Yes" bubble on the ballot paper was twice the size of the "No" bubble]]. Not surprisingly, Jews and opponents of the Nazis were barred from voting.

!!The country ''does'' have a functioning multiparty system, but...
!!!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.
* In 1964, the American Republican Party nominated outspoken conservative Barry M. Goldwater for President, instead of easygoing moderate Nelson Rockefeller. Goldwater won only ''six'' states out of fifty[[note]]He carried one, Arizona, by ''exactly 1%'' (or ''less than 5,000 votes''; all told, he won by 4,782 votes). This was his ''home state''.[[/note]], and President Johnson won 61% of the popular vote (''still'' the highest percentage won by any President since 1820). \\
It probably helped that UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson had recently signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which "outlawed unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public", gaining much favor even among moderate Republicans. Goldwater had voted against the Act because he genuinely believed it wasn't within the remit of the federal government. This didn't stop his opponents from grouping him with people who used "states' rights" as a cover for racism. As if that wasn't enough, Goldwater didn't do himself any favors by alienating moderate Republicans in his acceptance speech (some of whom went on to support LBJ with the snarky slogan "Even ''Johnson'' is better than Goldwater!"), and his tendency to speak off the cuff and make statements like "I sometimes think this country would be better off if we sawed off the Eastern Seaboard and let it float out to sea" and suggesting that the USA should "lob one [nuclear bomb] into the men's room at the Kremlin" allowed Johnson to successfully paint him as a dangerous loony who would start a third world war with the famous "Daisy" ad, and incredibly effective parodies of Goldwater's campaign slogan, "In your heart, you know he's right", which was twisted into "In your guts, you know he's nuts", "In your heart, you know [[WorldWarIII he might]]" and "In your heart, you know he's too far right". \\
It also helped that Johnson had been president for less than a year, and the electorate wasn't ready to elect a new man when they hadn't even broken in the current one. However, [[ a certain celebrity gave a speech]] on Goldwater's behalf that kick-started [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan his own political career]].
* In the UK, Labour's campaign in 1983 was infamously poor. 67-year-old Michael Foot - a solid Labour man, but generally perceived as an out-of-touch Oxford don - had narrowly beaten the popular Denis Healey to become leader of the party in 1980, and attempted to appease the left wing of the party by promising in the election manifesto to ''dismantle the UK's nuclear arsenal'', ''leave the [[UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion EEC]]'' (after campaigning to stay in it during the 1975 referendum) and renationalize a string of heavy industries. Labour MP Gerald Kaufman later described the manifesto as "the longest suicide note in history".\\
It should be noted that for the duration of the previous parliament, UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher had been unpopular and Labour enjoyed a massive poll lead up until UsefulNotes/TheFalklandsWar. But Labour had barely recovered from the 1981 split, when a moderate wing of the Party left and went on to found the Social Democratic Party. In the elections Labour won 27.6% of the vote, an alliance between the Social Democrats and Liberals won 25.4%. In terms of absolute numbers the SDP-Liberal Alliance came within a million votes of Labour's total, but the UK's first-past-the-post electoral system ensured that the party only had one-tenth as many seats, because SDP candidates tended to come a close second in the polls.
* UsefulNotes/{{France}} in [[ 2002]]: Far right politician Jean-Marie Le Pen managed to get the second place in the first turn of the presidential election, behind the incumbent conservative president Jacques Chirac, but ahead of the Prime Minister Lionel Jospin (he fell to third place due to massive abstention, vote-splitting on the left among various parties and being perceived as "soft on crime"). The runoff was therefore a contest between a moderate conservative and consummate politician frequently accused of [[ corruption scandals]] and a far-right nationalist accused of xenophobia. As a result, nearly every non-far-right voter decided to vote for Chirac, who got reelected with '''82%''' of the votes. \\
Still, some French voters weren't happy about the choice offered. This was famously epitomized by a pre-election poster of Chirac with the caption "vote for the crook, [[EvenEvilHasStandards not the fascist]]" (''«Votez escroc, pas facho»'' in French.)
* A similar example to France: in [[,_1991 1991, Louisiana voters]] also found themselves in a mess after incumbent governor Buddy Roemer placed third in the first round (largely due to a faltering government and a poorly handled party switch), and the final decision came down to Edwin Edwards, a three-term governor (who lost the previous election to Roemer) constantly accused of corruption but minority-friendly, and David Duke, a far-right Nazi-sympathizing former Grand Wizard of the KKK. The outcome proved rather predictable: almost everybody closed ranks behind Edwards (he was endorsed locally by his former rivals Roemer and David Treen, and nationally by UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush) and he went on to crush Duke by a 61%-39% landslide. As with the French one, bumper stickers expressing the importance of supporting Edwards appeared, two of the most popular being "Vote for the crook. It's important." and "Vote for the lizard, not the wizard". \\
Duke won over half the white vote...[[note]]When asked about his massive loss, he replied that he was proud of this.[[/note]][[note]]Don't worry; this doesn't mean that half of white Louisianans voted for him. Half of white Louisianans who showed up voted for him. A lot didn't; although turnout was high, this can be attributed to blacks turning out to keep Duke out of office.[[/note]] and, incredibly, eight percent of the black vote!\\
In what can be either HilariousInHindsight or a [[FunnyAneurysmMoment scarily accurate prediction]], the now-defunct ''Shreveport Journal'' considered Edwards' career over after his loss to Roemer in 1987 and said that the only way he could win again was if he ran against Hitler. Edwards also got into the act, snarking to a journalist that the only thing he had to do to win was "stay alive".[[labelnote:*]]We are talking about a man who once said "The only way I can lose this election is if I'm caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy", and described his opponent as "so slow it takes him an hour and a half to watch 60 Minutes." He also said that they were "[[DoubleEntendre both wizards under the sheets]]". Given that Duke was a KKK Grand Wizard...''burn''.[[/labelnote]]
* The same thing happened in [[,_2000 Romania in 2000]]: as a result of the then-ruling right-wing coalition collapsing and popular disillusionment, the choice came down to either Ion Iliescu, who had already served as president after Ceaușescu was overthrown between 1989-1996 and remains (to say the least) ''very'' controversial over his involvement in the [[ Mineriads]], and Corneliu Vadim Tudor, an infamous far-right politician known for nationalism, xenophobia, irredentism (his party is the only one that still advocates reunification with Moldova), and populist anti-Semitic, anti-Roma and anti-Hungarian rhetoric. Predictably, Iliescu defeated Tudor by a 66.8%-33.2% majority, although the election was notable for having a really low turnout.
* In the 1998 Tennessee state senate elections, Democrat candidate Charlotte Burks won 30,072 votes while her Republican opponent, Byron "Low Tax" Looper won just 1,494 votes. This was caused by the fact that Burks was the widow of Tommy Burks, the long-serving, popular and recently-deceased previous senator... who Looper had just been charged with ''murdering'', a crime for which he was eventually convicted two years later. On top of that, all of Charlotte Burks' votes were write-in ones, as an obscure Tennessee law meant that all the candidates had to be registered 30 days before the election, and could not be replaced if they died. Even the state Republicans ran a campaign urging their voters not to support Looper after his arrest. On a positive note considering her husband's murder, Burks has since been reelected up to the 2010 election, and in her first term one of her first actions was adding a law to allow candidate substitutions if they had died to prevent future occurances of this scenario.
* UsefulNotes/HerbertHoover won his first election in 1928 via an overwhelming margin against Democrat candidate Al Smith, winning all but 8 states and taking even more electoral votes than his two predecessors did in their own landslide elections. Smith wasn't a bad candidate per se, but had two major problems; firstly, many of his policies (including abolishing prohibition and extending suffrage to younger voters) were a little too far ahead of their time, and secondly he was a Catholic at a time when anti-Catholic sentiment in the U.S. was so prevalent that many voters genuinely thought Smith would hand control of the country over to the Vatican if he were elected.

!!!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.
* Irish politics does this quite often; there's sometimes wide-ranging support for presidential candidates which leaves the election unopposed. The last time this happened was in 2004, where Mary [=McAleese=] ran with full backing from Fianna Fail (her old party) and Fine Gael.
** This can happen in almost any country with a "European"-style presidential system (i.e, where the President is head of state - basically an elected constitutional monarch - [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent the American system is different]]).
* UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington was both elected and reelected unanimously as the first president of the United States, in 1789 (Congress hadn't yet convened, so it took until the beginning of the next year to hold the election) and 1792; and UsefulNotes/JamesMonroe was almost-unanimously reelected as the fifth president in 1820. Both ran unopposed for president (though, in Washington's case, the vice-presidential election was contested the second time around, with George Clinton running against incumbent John Adams and losing 50-77). Washington was the only president in US history to be elected unanimously; and the one elector who voted against Monroe only did so because he believed Washington should retain that singular honor. [[note]]Or so the story in the history books goes. In real life, the Elector wasn't a fan of Monroe's policies.[[/note]] Washington himself ''could'' have run for more than two terms, and probably have won as many elections as he liked – it wasn't like the commanding general of the army that won America its independence was ever going to lose – but he specifically chose not to, for fear that he would turn the presidency into a de-facto monarchy. His precedent stood for almost a century and a half: although supporters of UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant tried to renominate him for a third time in 1880, he declined; and although UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt ran for a third term in 1912, he lost: it wasn't until 1940 that a president – Teddy's cousin UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt – successfully ran for, and was elected to, a third term. FDR then won a fourth term in 1944, but died a few months later. In 1947, the Twenty-Second Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed by congress; and it was ratified by the states in 1951: this amendment prohibited all future presidents from running for more than two complete terms (technically, it does allow a president to run for reelection twice, but only if he previously served as president for less than two years).
* UsefulNotes/CalvinCoolidge's run for a full term of his own after succeeding the deceased UsefulNotes/WarrenHarding ended up with him winning nearly as big of a landslide as Harding did four years prior, largely due to his popularity and the booming economy. This was all the more impressive considering that the liberal faction of the party[[note]]The Republicans underwent a major shift toward conservatism during the Harding and Coolidge era, which was subsequently solidified by Barry Goldwater's run in 1964[[/note]] split off and nominated Robert [=LaFollette=] as a third-party candidate. However, the loss of votes due to [=LaFollette's=] candidacy was more than made up for by the utter fiasco that was the Democrat nomination that year, which took place over the course of a ''month'', saw the front-runners practically falling over themselves to gain the support of the UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan, and after well over a dozen candidates withdrew due to lack of interest and/or support over the '''103''' ballots taken, the party settled on John Davis, who was able to earn the nomination mostly because hardly anyone had heard of him, meaning he had no enemies in the party. Coolidge easily thrashed both Davis and [=LaFollette=] in the election, with the Democrats earning their lowest-ever popular vote in the post-Civil War era.
* The elections for UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt in 1932, 1936, 1940, and 1944 were all political landslides because, let's face it, Roosevelt was and still is very popular. In 1936, the Great Depression was still in full swing and FDR ran on a "we got you Social Security, now let me do the rest" campaign, and simply ''crushed'' Alf Landon, who only managed to win Maine and Vermont (notably, a magazine named ''The Literary Digest'' actually [[ predicted]] a ''Landon'' landslide after conducting a straw poll[[note]]the magazine polled its own readership, which skewed towards the upper class and Landon, and didn't try to correct for it[[/note]]; it ceased publication shortly after the election). This also ended Maine's status as a "bellwether state" in presidential politics (the saying went, "As Maine goes, so goes the nation"; Maine's September gubernatorial elections had usually predicted which party would win the November presidential election since ''1832''), leading FDR's campaign manager James Farley to quip "As Maine goes, so goes Vermont." In 1940, Roosevelt did ''want'' to leave office but [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII a certain war]] was going on and he felt the nation needed an experienced President, so he ran again and won since the economy was mostly fixed by that point. And in 1944, there was the slight matter of a [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII little war]] going on; indeed, many scholars believe that Thomas Dewey's 1944 campaign was better than his 1948 campaign (see below), but his major problem was running against Roosevelt.
* UsefulNotes/RichardNixon's 1972 re-election was primarily because pro-UsefulNotes/VietnamWar sentiment was still rife and his election team engaging in some of the dirtiest politics known to man. It's suggested that Nixon was an idiot (or, more accurately, paranoid, see [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon his page for more info]]) for breaking into the Watergate because he was so popular [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat he could've won this election without the dirty tricks]]. The only state to vote against him, Massachusetts, famously produced "Don't blame me, I'm from Massachusetts" bumper stickers during the height of the Watergate scandal.
** A strong case could be made for the Republicans' dirty tricks actually being responsible for the Democratic disaster described below. Republican skulduggery was at least partially responsible for ending the campaigns of Humphrey and Muskie, either of whom may have fared better against Nixon in the general election.
** There was also an almost perfect storm of catastrophe for the Democratic candidate, George [=McGovern=]. He didn't clinch the nomination until the convention because the second-place finisher Hubert Humphrey contested the California primary results.[[note]]Humphrey actually beat [=McGovern=] in total primary votes, but this is meaningless; in 1972, most states didn't have primaries and operated on a caucus system.[[/note]] The fight to actually win the nomination consumed so much attention that his campaign team didn't pick a VP candidate until the convention's second day. They had more than half a dozen people turn the slot down before they essentially picked Tom Eagleton at random. The balloting for President and Vice President took so long that by the time [=McGovern=] delivered his acceptance speech, the only U.S. media market where it was still PrimeTime was Guam. And, finally, it was revealed that Eagleton had a history of mental health problems, involving institutionalization and electric shock therapy, and [=McGovern=] had to dump him, by which time the only replacement he could get was Sargent Shriver, a man whose extensive record of public service did not include any prior elected office. Basically, the last good day of the campaign for [=McGovern=] was the California primary. It was all downhill from there. (You can read an excellent--if biased[[note]]Absurdly, extremely, unabashedly biased[[/note]]--account of [=McGovern=]'s campaign in Creator/HunterSThompson's seminal ''Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72''.)
* UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan's 1984 re-election yielded him 525 out of 538 electoral votes, the most taken by any presidential candidate ''ever'', and as a percentage of the electoral college has not been equaled or surpassed by any president since and only three previously (George Washington in both of his elections, and James Monroe and Franklin Roosevelt in their second elections). He won about 59% of the popular vote and every state except Minnesota, and even then only lost that state by a little over 3,000 votes.[[note]](Supposedly his campaign team wanted to push for a recount in that state and make Reagan only the third ever President {after Washington and Monroe} to win every single state, but Reagan himself refused the idea on the grounds that humiliating Mondale even further would be just plain cruel. Reagan wouldn't have gotten a unanimous electoral vote anyway, since Mondale won the District of Columbia by a decisive margin.[[/note]] After winning, he famously declared it to be "Morning in America". In this case Reagan took credit for an economic recovery following another economic crisis. Real gross domestic product (GDP) showed steady increases and unemployment was decreasing. The voters probably hoped for more growth in voting for him.
* Across the pond from the United States, the United Kingdom's general election in 1931 is a good example of this. Shortly before the election, the former Labour Prime Minister Ramsay [=MacDonald=] had formed a National Government, which was composed of the Conservative Party, the vast majority of the Liberal Party and a handful of rogue but largely popular Labour [=MP=]s. It was created with the goal of leading the UK through the Great Depression, and when the country went to the polls in 1931, its candidates won 556 of 615 seats in the Commons and an overall majority of 497. The Conservative Party alone won 473 seats (a majority of 331), and ''55% of the vote'' - the only time a single party has won more than half the popular vote under universal suffrage. Labour, the only real party of opposition, suffered the worst election defeat for a major party in history too, ''losing over 80% (225) of the seats it held at dissolution''. Incredibly, only two years earlier, the Conservative leader and former Prime Minister (now ''de facto'' Deputy, or even arguably Co-, PM under Macdonald), Stanley Baldwin, had lead his party into an election that saw more than a third of his parliamentary party wiped out. Four years later it was re-elected, this time with Baldwin becoming PM, and won the second largest majority in history despite losing 100 seats. It wasn't until 1945, when the National Government had disintegrated to the point where it was almost exclusively made up of the by-then-unpopular Conservative Party, that it lost power.
* The UK's general election of 2001, with the results being mostly a repeat of 1997. Just 3-4% of the seats in Parliament changed parties - Labour losing 6 seats, the Conservatives gaining one and the Liberal Democrats six - and only 59.4% of the electorate bothered to vote.
* "Hurricane" [[ Hazel McCallion]], mayor of Mississauga, Ontario, squeaked into office in 1978 by narrowly defeating Ron Searle, and has stayed there until retiring in 2014 (as of 2014, she is 93 years old!). She is so popular that for the last few elections she hasn't even bothered campaigning, instead taking a vacation during that time; she is generally elected with 80-90% of the vote. To date no real competitor has ever come up.
** Fun fact? So far Mississauga has only had three mayors since consolidation in 1974. Elected in 1978, she's the third.
** Famous for working 12-14 hour days into her 90's, having an almost perfect memory for stuff that happened decades ago, and pulling out the occasional snarky quip. Gets hit by a pickup truck at the age of 82, back to work in a few days, when asked about the accident says "I'm fine. The truck had to go in for repairs."
* A similar case with U.S. Senator [[ Ted Stevens]], who won his first election (in 1970) by a comfortable margin, and then proceeded to win every election with ''over 60%'' of the vote, most of them with ''over 70%''. This was attributed partly due to the state's conservative bent and partly due to Stevens being ''extremely'' effective at bringing in "pork"[[note]]Basically, monetary projects diverted to a particular constituency, such as Alaska in Stevens' case[[/note]]; he wouldn't be dethroned until [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama 2008]] (and only then because he had just been convicted of federal corruption charges, later vacated due to prosecutorial misconduct), and died in a plane crash less than 2 years after.
* UsefulNotes/{{Singapore}}, all the way. The PAP remains the most trusted party in the nation's whole history, and has only begun really conceding votes and seats in the last decade.
* Interestingly [[AvertedTrope averted]] in UsefulNotes/{{France}} in 1965: this was the first direct presidential election in postwar France, and UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle was expected to win handily, seeing as he was the war hero and architect of the Fifth Republic. His opponent was future president François Mitterrand, running on behalf of the CIR, a temporary coalition of all the major non-Communist left-wing parties. De Gaulle was so confident in his victory he only announced his candidacy a month before the vote and didn't campaign actively. Mitterrand surprised everyone and did way better than was expected, grabbing just enough votes to prevent a first-round victory for De Gaulle (44% vs 31%, six points below the required amount) and securing 45% of the votes in the second, considerably narrowing De Gaulle's victory margin to 55%. The lack of a LandslideElection is now considered one of the first signs of de Gaulle's later decline and loss of power.
* Some GermanPresidents (Theodor Heuss in his second election, Richard von Weizsäcker in both of them, especially the latter). They got more than 80% of the electors.
* UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush's [[,_1988 1988 election]] had him running as the Vice-President of the ''very'' popular UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan. Combine this with the good economy, a stable international stage, and an opponent in the boring and unremarkable Michael Dukakis, and it's not hard to figure out who wins. Bush won about 53% of the popular vote, won 40 states, and 426 electoral votes. The campaign famously exploited various mistakes by Dukakis which made many voters distrust the man.
* In the [[,_1848 1848 French presidential election]], Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte got '''74% of the vote''' because the royalists thought he would restore order, the workers were won over his progressive economic views[[note]]He legalized unions in 1867.[[/note]] and the farmers knew he was the [[NapoleonBonaparte Bonaparte]]'s nephew[[note]]Some even thought he was ''Napoleon himself''.[[/note]].
* Similarly, in 1968 De Gaulle dissolved the National Assembly and called snap [[,_1968 legislative elections]], in the aftermath of the [[ May 1968 revolt]]. The right-wing parties managed to win '''396 out of 487''' total seats.
* The [[,_2014 2014 Nevada election for Governor]]. The popular incumbent, Brian Sandoval, faced zero effective opposition in his primary, while on the Democratic side, basically everybody with any sort of name recognition sat out the election; the result was a clown-car primary ''where "None of the Above" got the most votes''[[note]]This didn't mean anything, as under Nevada law the second-place candidate wins the election if NOTA comes first[[/note]]; in the end, Sandoval would go on to crush Democratic nominee Bob Goodman, winning '''''70.5% of the vote'''''.

!!The country has a multiparty democracy, but 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 American Federalist Party collapsed shortly after 1816; UsefulNotes/JamesMonroe won the 1820 Presidential election essentially without opposition, winning 228 of 231 electoral votes. Eventually, the Federalists were replaced by the Whigs, who themselves collapsed a few years later and were replaced by the modern Republicans.
* In UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}, when the Progressive Conservatives wound up so hated they got reduced to only ''2'' seats in 1993 and died off. The Liberals didn't have many problems governing for the rest of UsefulNotes/TheNineties. At one point, their official opposition was the Bloc Québecois, a party whose main goal is to have Québec from Canada.
** Not unexpected. Canada was under the effect of a widespread recession which had started in 1987. It had started in the United States and went on to include Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and (to a lesser extent) the rest of Europe and Japan. Unemployment in Canada had risen to unprecedented levels and the governing Progressive Conservatives were accused of failing to do anything about it. While the United States' economy had started recovering by 1992, in Canada the recession lasted to 1995.
** Another thing which didn't help the PC's case was the infamous [[ face ad]], which, to '''many''' people, appeared to be mocking Chrétien for his Bell's palsy. It didn't go over very well with the voters.
* In Australia in 1949, there was a split in the Australian Labor Party, and the splinter group formed the Democratic Labor Party. The Liberal Party won the election, and remained in government until 1972.
* In the [[,_1919 1919 French legislative election]], the ''Bloc National'' won '''433 seats out of 613''' because of the RedScare and the fact the left, then dominated by the SFIO (French Section of the Workers' International), failed to properly respond to accusations of being [[DirtyCommies bolsheviks]] and failed to reach an agreement with the Socialists and ended up isolating the Radicals, basically opening themselves up to a much worse onslaught from the right.

!!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.
* For fifty years after the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, the Republican Party dominated federal policy, which was characterized by high tariffs, temperance, and westward expansion. Between 1861 and 1913, only one Democrat (UsefulNotes/GroverCleveland) was elected President of the United States.
* The Canadian Federal Election of 1984 saw a ''crushing'' defeat of the Liberals, who had been in power for every year but one since 1963, by the Progressive Conservatives, who accused the Liberals of corruption, incompetence, and spendthrift irresponsibility. Evidently, the voters agreed. This is the last time a Canadian party received an absolute majority of the vote.
** The Liberals would get their revenge in 1993. Brian Mulroney, the winner of the 1984 election, wound up so hated that the [=PC=]s themselves got curbstomped. Due to a recession which hit Canada particularly badly and [[ThatCameOutWrong an attack ad that appeared to mock Jean Chrétien's facial paralysis]], the [=PC=]s vote share dropped by 27% and the party reduced from 156 seats to 2 seats. It was one of the worst defeats of a sitting government in the Western World.
* The UsefulNotes/NewZealand general election of 1990 saw the National Party win 67 of the 97 seats in Parliament, and kick the Labour Party out of government over its wide-sweeping neo-liberal reforms ("Rogernomics") of the past six years.
** And then when the new National government [[MeetTheNewBoss decided to continue the reforms]] ("Ruthanasia"), New Zealanders lost trust in the two-party system and ended up "screaming" in a 1992 indicative referendum on the voting system - 85% voted to ditch the existing First Past the Post voting system, and 70% nominated the Mixed Member Proportional system as its replacement.
* After 18 years in office, in the UK's general election of 1997 the Conservatives received a massive "don't let the door hit your arse on the way out" notice.
** Other landslide victories for an ''incoming'' government can also be found in 1886, 1906 and 1924. In 1886 the Conservatives hammered the Liberals badly; in 1906 the Liberals got their revenge when they crushed the Conservatives (their worst-ever election defeat). Finally, in 1924, the Conservatives returned to power at the expense of the Liberals once again.
** Also, an interesting note, if the Tories in 1997 had lost just 10 more seats, it would have been the worst result achieved by a ruling party in 165 years. John Major very narrowly avoided his name being recorded forever in British political history for all the wrong reasons.
* ''Subverted'' by the 2010 UK general elections, where everyone was expecting the Tories to do to Labour what the latter did to the former in 1997. Labour had been in government for 13 years, the UK was in the middle of a recession, the Iraq and Afghan wars were still dragging on and UsefulNotes/GordonBrown was unpopular. Yet not only did the Tories not win in a landslide, they actually failed to achieve enough seats to govern on their own, and so had to form a coalition with the centrist Liberal Democrats. Labour lost heavily, but kept enough seats for the prospect of an unstable multi-party coalition of Labour, the Lib Dems and the other minor parties with a majority of one or two to be semi-feasible.
* A similar subversion with the Democrats in the [[,_1968 1968 U.S. presidential election]]. The nation had been torn by riots and social upheaval, the Democratic Party was cratering in the South thanks to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and sitting President UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson was ''so'' unpopular because of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar ''he was forced to drop out of the Democratic primaries'' - which obviously didn't help the Democratic candidate, UsefulNotes/HubertHumphrey, who was Johnson's VP and struggled to establish himself as clearly anti-Vietnam. Basically the only thing the Democrats had going for them in the election was that the economy was still performing pretty well. Yet not only did Republican nominee UsefulNotes/RichardNixon fail to crush Humphrey - winning by less than 1% in the national popular vote, the nation actually came close to a ''hung'' Electoral College as a result of a splinter campaign by segregationist George Wallace.[[labelnote: How close?]]Flip Nixon's 3 closest victories - New Jersey, Ohio, and Missouri, all of which he won by less than 3%, and boom, no majority.[[/labelnote]]
* The 1945 General Election ''probably'' fits here. UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill was seen a great wartime leader[[note]]although not as popular in the military as with civilians, despite what the NostalgiaFilter might suggest[[/note]], but voters were sceptical of his ability to govern in peacetime; not least because his policies were really no different from those of Conservative governments of the 1930s that had delivered high unemployment and economic depression[[note]]And many people would have remembered the misery of those returning from the First World War to find themselves unemployed, homeless and living in poverty[[/note]]. Labour's promise of measures to tackle unemployment, the creation of a welfare state and the construction of decent housing ("a land fit for heroes") proved enormously popular.
* The 1975 election in Australia. It was triggered in ''very'' controversial circumstances. An unpopular Labor government had to deal with the right-wing parties taking control of the Senate and blocking the budget. Governor General Sir John Kerr broke with protocol by firing Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, installing opposition leader Malcolm Fraser in his place and calling an election. Massive demonstrations sprung up in Australia in protest of the ousting of an elected government and as a result, when the election was held a month later...Fraser won the largest landslide in Australian history. Labor's error in judgment had been to assume that voters were so angry they would easily return them to power. But the 'silent majority' of Australian voters had turned against Labor, fed up with economic problems and numerous scandals that had happened in the past three years.
* The French legislative election in 1993. By this time, President Mitterrand had been in power for twelve years but his Socialist Party had been weakened by a recession, a split with the centrist UDF party, various scandals, defeats in local elections and a rivalry between Lionel Jospin and Laurent Fabius for succeeding Mitterrand. The Socialists were completely steamrollered, with their vote share dropping from 34% to 17% in the first round and their number of seats reduced from 260 to 53. Among the Socialists who lost their seats were Jospin, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and François Hollande.
** The Socialists actually received the most votes of any party on the second round. But the other two major parties, the RPR and UDF, had a pact not to run their candidates against each other in the second round. The RPR and UDF took 55% of the vote between them; the Socialists took 31%.
** However, the government of Prime Minister Alain Juppé became so unpopular in its own right that when snap legislative elections were called in 1997, the Socialists made a remarkable comeback, gaining 255 seats (only 5 less than they had held before the 1993 wipeout) and, along with its "Plural Left" allies, 45% and 47% of the vote in the first and second rounds, a sizable lead over the government. While they lost the next elections in 2002 and 2007, both were nowhere near as landslide-like, so the Socialists managed another one in 2012, where they won 280 seats and a total of 57% of the vote alongside allied parties, their best result since being established as a party.
* Special mention goes to the [[,_2009 2009 Japanese general election]], where the incumbent Liberal Democrats were utterly ''crushed'' by the opposition Democrats. It merits mention that until this point, the LDP had ruled Japan for an almost straight ''54 years'', except for an 11-month period from 1993 to 1994.
** [[,_2012 And then, in 2012...]]
* And of course, [[,_1932 the US presidential election of 1932]]. The Great Depression was going on, millions of Americans were out of work, and UsefulNotes/HerbertHoover had failed to stop it. He received a ''massive'' "don't let the door hit your ass on the way out" notice. Just to rub it in, during the election campaign a man wrote him a letter saying "[[TakeThat vote for Roosevelt and make it unanimous]]".
* The [[,_1980 US 1980 presidential election]] saw UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter going into the election with the Iran hostage crisis, a worsening economy at home, inflation, high interest rates and high unemployment all on his watch. He proceeded to get his ass kicked.
* The [[,_2011 2011 Irish general election]] resulted in ruling party Fianna Fáil being knocked down from 77 TDs (of 166) to 20 after a really deep recession had shattered confidence in the economy and the party. In Dublin, they dropped from 17 seats to just 1 seat.
** And bear in mind that since the country's first election, Fianna Fáil had won elections fourteen out of twenty-six times on it's own, and another five times as part of a coalition. That's right, they pissed people off who'd been voting for them for nearly a century (the first election was in 1927). And their previous voting percentage was 41.6%- after the election, it was 17%. Yeah, the Irish people were ''pissed.''
* Within Quebec, the 2011 federal election proved to be this for the NDP. While the Tories won a healthy but hardly spectacular (in normal circumstances) majority in Canada as a whole, the race in Quebec was really between the sovereigntist (read: nationalist/separatist) Bloc Quebecois and the soft-federalist New Democratic Party (both parties are leftish and vaguely social-democratic; what distinguishes them in Quebec is their position on sovereignty). Before the election, the Bloc had previously had 47 of 75 seats from Quebec (2/3s). After the election, the Bloc had ''four'' of 75--the remaining 43 all went to the New Democrats. The NDP also took 7 of 14 Liberal seats in Quebec, and 5 of 10 Conservative ones, for a total of 59 seats--just under ''80%''. Yeah, it was that kind of election.
** One Quebec riding was deemed so pro-Bloc that the NDP only run a token candidate in it. The candidate was [[ a 24 year old woman]] with almost no political experience and who did not even live in the riding. She did not campaign and cast an early absentee ballot so she could spend election day on vacation in Las Vegas (she had bought the plane tickets before the election was called and did not see a reason to change her plans). When she actually won the seat, everyone was dumbfounded and the NDP leadership publicly promised that they would make sure that she took her new duties seriously.
* Perhaps the most internationally famous example is the first multi-racial parliamentary election in South Africa in 1994, in which around 80% of the population was entitled to vote for the first time ever (and another 11% for the first time on the same terms as white people), with the end of apartheid, and ''every election post-apartheid since''. The African National Congress - the party led by Nelson Mandela - won 252 of 400 seats and 62.65% of the popular vote and the National Party, which had governed for 46 years without interruption, retained only 82 of the 232 seats it was notionally defending with 21 of 103 incumbent National legislators losing their seats. Unsurprisingly, there was very little opposition to the ANC from the major parties, and the outcome of the election was a foregone conclusion from the start of the campaign. The ANC has consistently won over 60% of the vote at every election since, winning larger majorities in 1999 and 2004, and only losing seats for the first time in 2009 (but still finishing with more seats than the party had in '94) before losing a few more in 2014. The Democratic Alliance, the closest thing South Africa has to a serious opposition party, won 22% of the vote in its best and most recent result.
* The [[,_2011 2011 Southern Sudanese independence referendum]] was a variant of this. 99% of the voters went for independence, and really, considering what the northern state had been doing to the South[[note]]Including [[MadeASlave literal]] [[ slave raids]].[[/note]], you can't blame 'em.
* Spanish politics tend to work like this, with power alternating between the Socialist Party and the People's Party not because the opposition party has a particularly good candidate, but because voters are so fed up with the party in power. The Socialists, who had won four straight elections since 1982, were finally defeated in 1996 because of corruption scandals as well as a crisis which had put lots of people out of work, though a ScareCampaign successfully erased the PP's lead in opinion polls and delivered a narrow victory with less than 500.000 votes intead. The People's Party took power and was reelected in 2000, but lost the election of 2004 just a few days after the March 11 bombings in Madrid due to its insistence in blaming the attack on the Basque terrorist group ETA instead of Al Qaeda, a move that was interpreted by many as an intention to mislead for a political gain. The Socialists regained power and were reelected in 2008... and lost the next election in 2011 quite miserably because of another economic crisis which put millions out of work.
* The Saar referendum in 1935, where the Saar, an industrial coal producing nation of Germany which had been run by the French since the Treaty of Versailles, decided its future. This was the only time the Nazi party was ever given something close to a democratic endorsement - 90% of Saarlanders voted to return to Germany (and in this case, it was more to do with loyalty to Germany than necessarily Hitler).
* In 2012, in the Australian state of Queensland, the Australian Labor Party was reduced from 51 seats (out of 87) to only 7. The Liberal National Party won 78 seats, and Katter's Australian Party won 2. [[FromBadToWorse It got worse]] for the Labor Party when one LNP member defected to the KAP, and predicted more would follow, raising the possibility of KAP replacing Labor as the official state opposition.
** And just three years later, Campbell Newman's LNP was dumped and Labor was back in power, with some seats registering swings of over 20%.
* The Hungarian election of 2010. The Socialist Party was thrown out of government because of its handling of the economic crisis. Fidesz, the opposition, got 53% of the votes in the PR list and won outright in 119/176 of the single member consituencies (which requires a majority on a 50% turnout). Fidesz managed to get a supermajority of 68% of the seats, but some have pointed out that had the Hungarian system been purely first-past-the-post, [[ Fidesz would have got over 90% of the seats]].
* Ironically for such an ill-regarded President, UsefulNotes/WarrenHarding's [[,_1920 election in 1920]] was a landslide by all means: campaigning on a "[[GoodOldWays return to normalcy]]" after the unpopular U.S. intervention in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the post-war recession, the bungling of the League of Nations treaty, and just the plain ''hatred'' of UsefulNotes/WoodrowWilson at the time, Harding carried over 400 electoral votes and 60.3% of the popular vote.
* [[,_1997 In 1997]], an alliance of small right-wing parties called the Solidarity Electoral Action (AWS) took power in Poland, in coalition with the liberal Freedom Union (UW). The government became hugely unpopular, and four years later was completely wiped out: the two parties won 9% of the vote ''between them'', and lost all their seats, while the opposition Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) won 41% of the vote and 216 seats, the largest number of seats a Polish party has ''ever'' managed.
** Ironically, the SLD was itself wiped out [[,_2005 four years later]], going from 41% to ''11%''.
!!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 Type 3, above.
* The [[,_1912 US presidential election of 1912]] (very sorry) had the Republicans split between the conservative wing, led by UsefulNotes/WilliamHowardTaft, and the liberal wing, led by UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt. After losing the Republican primary, Roosevelt founded his own party called the Progressive Party. The resulting split of Republican voters allowed Democrat UsefulNotes/WoodrowWilson to come up the middle and win 40 states, and 435 electoral votes. Taft may have lost to Wilson regardless, as he was unpopular and widely regarded as ineffectual, but there's little doubt that Roosevelt would have easily won had Taft been out of the equation.
* The UK election in 1983 (already mentioned above) also counts as this; looking beyond the unpopular candidate, Labour, and the Left in general, were undergoing a lot of factionalisation at the time. Several members of Labour's moderate wing broke off to form the Social Democratic Party, which formed an alliance with the older Liberal Party (and later merged to form the Liberal Democrats). The Conservatives actually received less votes in 1983 than in 1979, but Labour lost far more votes to the SDP-Liberal Alliance.
* As pointed out above, Jospin flunked out in the first round of presidential elections in 2002 because too many of his supporters split and voted for other left-wing parties instead of supporting him.

!!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]].
* Again from an American Presidential election, President UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan absolutely ''crushed'' Walter Mondale in 1984. President Reagan probably would have won no matter what, but Mondale's nasal speaking voice, hesitant phrasing, and inability to "spin" his message, particularly when contrasted with the ultra-smooth skills of "The Great Communicator", turned an ordinary defeat into a LandslideElection.
** Also not helping Mondale was the fact he was UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter's Vice President considering the conditions that led to Reagan's beatdown of Carter in 1980.
** Or that Mondale often got eclipsed by his much more popular VP pick, Geraldine Ferraro, ''in his own campaign materials''. Several women's groups famously wore buttons reading '''''Ferraro and What's His Name.'''''
** An example of failure to spin: he publicly admitted that whoever became president was probably going to have to raise taxes, and while he was being honest about this responsibility, he emphasised that he couldn't expect Reagan to be so honest. The voters interpreted this as "Mondale promises to raise taxes!". [[VindicatedByHistory Reagan did end up raising taxes in the end, for what that's worth]].
* The 2008 US Presidential Election has been described as this, especially internationally (the US is further to the right than most of the world). Whilst John [=McCain=] isn't necessarily ''boring'' or uncharismatic ''per se'', UsefulNotes/BarackObama, with his famous posters, simple slogan and spotless grin, ran perhaps the most dynamic election campaign in US politics since UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, and [=McCain=] couldn't compete. Whatever side of the aisle your sympathies lie on, Obama 2008 was one of the most impressively constructed campaigns ever and is still studied by campaign theorists not just in the two US parties but across the world.
** The economic meltdown in September 2008, combined with general anger over the [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush Bush administration's]] handling of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, didn't help at all either. Indeed, many said that the Democratic primary (which was very close between him and UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton) was the real race because of UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush and by extension, the Republican party's unpopularity.
** The [=McCain=] Campaign tried to create a game change by nominating Sarah Palin for VP. This backfired into a repeat of Geraldine Ferraro, when Sarah Palin turned out to be much more popular with the Republican base than [=McCain=] himself. Her short political career, her having only recently been elected Governor of Alaska after holding a job as mayor, undercut [=McCain's=] primary attack on Obama for lacking experience.
** There was also the problem of Palin making repeated public gaffes and demonstrating an utter lack of even basic knowledge on matters of foreign policy, beginning with [[ her disastrous interview with Katie Couric]].
* Same with Canada in 1984, where John Turner's older age, lack of charisma and archaic language (he called unemployment relief programs "make-work programs", not helping his case with young voters) proved no match for Mulroney.
* The USA, 1948. Incumbent UsefulNotes/HarryTruman is very low in the polls, there's been a three-way split in the Democratic party and his loss appears unstoppable. Problem was, Republican candidate Thomas Dewey was advised to not do anything that could screw up his candidacy. He wound up becoming infamous for platitude-filled speeches that didn't even say what would happen if he'd be president [[note]]one newspaper summarized four of his campaign speeches as: "Agriculture is important. Our rivers are full of fish. You cannot have freedom without liberty. Our future lies ahead."[[/note]]. On the other hand, Truman decided eh, what the hell, might as well unleash a brutal campaign mocking Dewey and the Republicans at every turn and campaigning all across the country. Nobody thinks he has a chance. Result? Truman wins (and [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball proves that the]] [[ prevent defense]] is a fail in politics, at least) while [[ the Chicago Tribune gets to eat their words]] and [[DeweyDefeatsTruman name a trope]] simultaneously.
* The 2011 elections in Scotland produced a record win to the highly charismatic Alex Salmond's SNP at the expense of the dull as ditchwater opponent Iain Gray's Labour (oftentimes referred to as "who?"). Made all the more notable in that the Scottish Parliamentary system was set up (some might say rigged--although the Germans who invented it might take offense) specifically to prevent ''any'' party getting a landslide vote, to the point where when polls began to show the lead Salmond was predicted (and the polls actually fell short of the actual height of real support) pollsters scrambled to work out why their surveys were throwing up such bizarre results and what was wrong with their weighting-formulas. The SNP in the end wiped out all of its opposition, managed to force all three main other parties into humiliating leadership elections, and gave Salmond more than enough support for him to announce an eventual referendum (which was ultimately scheduled for September 2014) on his long-held aim to have Scotland secede from the United Kingdom.
* The Canadian Liberals faced this problem doubly in 2011. On the right, Prime Minister Stephen Harper isn't actually that great of a communicator--instead, he runs an extremely tight ship, which combined with the excellent work of the spin doctors to produce an incredibly coherent Tory message. On the left, Jack Layton is well-known for his affability--and had public sympathy thanks to his well-known health problems (he would die of cancer four months after the election)--and when you compare Layton to the pedantic, professorial style of Michael Ignatieff...well, it's hardly a contest. No wonder the Liberals were pushed down to third literally for the first time ever.
* The Liberal's problem with Ignatieff was a repeat of the 2008 election with Liberal leader Stéphane Dion. Dion also mocked for his pedantic, professorial style with the added bonus of not being able to speak English well. That election saw the Liberals losing 25% of their seats in parliament. However, the Conservatives didn't actually gain all that many seats from the election, and so Dion made a last-gasp effort to get into power by setting up an agreement with the NDP and Bloc Quebecois to hold a vote of no confidence in the Conservatives and then form a coalition government, only for Harper to stop that plan dead in its tracks by having Parliament suspended for three months. In that time, Dion was ousted and replaced by Ignatieff, who tore up the coalition agreement and [[FamousLastWords announced that the Liberals would go for outright victory at the next election]].
* The [[,_2003 2003 Ontario election]] wound up being this after the Conservatives issued a press statement calling Liberal leader Dalton [=McGuinty=] an [[MemeticMutation "evil reptilian kitten-eater from another planet"]]. It made them look nuts, and things pretty much snowballed from there.
* [[,_2002 The 2002 Irish General Election]] saw a Fianna Fáil led government under the popular Bertie Ahern face off against a potential coalition of Fine Gael under Michael Noonan and Labour under Ruairi Quinn. With the economy in good state the opposition would probably have lost anyway but Noonan and Quinn made things worse by being unable to agree to a pre-election pact, meaning they fought the election as two separate parties rather than a potential government in waiting. Noonan's total lack of charisma did little to help and the result was a near meltdown for Fine Gael, which lost over 40% of its seats.
* The incumbent UK Conservative government in 1964 had suffered some difficulties such as the Profumo Affair, but it was the lack of charisma of their leader, Alec Douglas-Home, which really sealed their fate. The Labour Party under Harold Wilson (a man for the TV age) won power for the first time in 13 years. To be accurate, Wilson only won a narrow majority, which proved so difficult to manage that he called another election in 1966, where he won a real landslide victory.
* Both of [[UsefulNotes/BillClinton Bill Clinton's]] U.S. presidential election victories. In 1992, he was up against incumbent George H. W. Bush. During the town hall televised debate, Bush was asked (by a member of the audience) how the national debt and the recession personally affected his life. As he got out of his chair, he famously glanced at his watch, thus giving the impression that he really did not want to be there. To make matters worse for Bush, Clinton then proceeded to give a very good answer that made him seem in touch with ordinary Americans. Clinton won a decisive victory on election day. Then, four years later, his Republican opponent was the equally uninspiring Bob Dole, whom Clinton also defeated by a comfortable margin.
** Both Clinton victories, but especially the 1992 campaign, were helped by much of the more conservative vote being split between Bush (who had already been hammered in the GOP primaries by commentator Pat Buchanan; whose campaign attacked Bush for breaking his "Read My Lips, No New Taxes" pledge) and independent candidate Ross Perot (who finished with 19% of the popular vote; the most successful non-major party finish since 1912).
* The [[,_2013 2013 mayoral election in New York City]] saw the charismatic Progressive Democrat Bill de Blasio running an energetic, populist campaign which mobilized voters to give him nearly ''three-fourths'' of the vote against his dull, unremarkable opponent Joe Lhota ([[KickTheDog whose statement that he'd allow kittens to be run over if it meant the subway could have good service]] obviously didn't help).
* The [[,_1872 1872 U.S. presidential election]] saw UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant easily romp to victory over the frail, sickly Horace Greeley; Grant won 31 states and ''over 80%'' of the electoral vote - just to add insult to injury, Greeley would die a little after the election, [[UsefulNotes/AmericanPoliticalSystem but before the Electoral College met]], and thus received ''zero'' electoral votes.[[note]]Three Georgia electors still cast their ballots for him, which were promptly declared invalid.[[/note]] It didn't help that Greeley wasn't actually from the Democrat Party -- who were in such poor shape that they were unable to even field their own candidate -- but rather from a dissident wing of the Republican Party, meaning that his policies ended up being so similar to those of Grant that he couldn't effectively differentiate himself from his rival.
** This extended to the candidates' running-mates too. Prior to the election Grant ditched his corrupt, massively unpopular Vice President, Schuyler Colfax, and replaced him with Henry Wilson, a widely liked and respected senator. Greeley's running-mate was Benjamin Gratz Brown, who not only was generally ineffectual in his prior role as Governor of Missouri, but had such a masssive drinking problem that he frequently gave speeches drunk, forgot his own party's policies, and even tried slicing up and buttering a ''watermelon'' at a campaign picnic. For this reason, more than a few historians have deemed Greeley and Brown to be the worst-ever Presidential ticket from a major party.
* The [[,_2004 2004 US Senate election in Illinois]] probably fits here. UsefulNotes/BarackObama had been leading his initial challenger Jack Ryan ([[VideoGame/BioShock1 no]], [[Creator/TomClancy not him]]) in the polls, but then Ryan dropped out after a sex scandal and was replaced with Alan Keyes, a Maryland resident (cue accusations of carpetbagging) known for using extremist right-wing rhetoric. Obama won the election with ''70% of the vote''.
* Canadian Progressive Conservative [[ Kim Campbell]] is known for two facts: being the first (and, so far, only) Canadian female prime minister,[[note]] she was named interim prime minister following the retirement of then current conservative prime minister Brian Mulroney[[/note]] the crushing defeat of the Progressive conservatives in the 1993 elections, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking being the only Canadian Prime Minister so far from British Columbia]]. She just came off as too aloof and dry when compared to Preston Manning, the leader of the somewhat more right wing (and more western focused) Reform Party, and a poor attack ad released by the [=PC=]s concerning Jean Chrétien did not help matters. [[note]] The add showed still images of Chrétien's face whilst criticising him, with voiceovers saying that they would be "embarrassed to have him as Prime Minister". While they were referring to the policies, the still images of Chrétien made people think they were referring to the person's behaviour and physical appearance. Not helping is that Chrétien had Bell's Palsy, which gave him a slight defect. He turned this around by saying that he "spoke on one side of [his] mouth, unlike the Tories".[[/note]] The results were so disastrous that only ''two Progressive Conservative [=MPs=]'' were elected across ''the entire country''; Kim Campbell was not one of them. This was not enough to preserve official party status in the House of Commons and is the reason why, 10 years after the election, the Conservative Party was forced to merge with the Reform Party (which by then changed it's name to the [[FunWithAcronyms Canadian Conservative-Reform Alliance Party.]] [[note]][[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer They really did have that name]], albeit only for a day as the party started realizing that the entire country was having fun at their expense; they simplified it to the Canadian Alliance.[[/note]]) Because the Progressive Conservatives were the only real opposition to the Liberals in a two party system, and because of vote splitting between the [[=PCs=]] and Reform/Alliance the lack of a conservative opponent gave the Liberals free reigns to rule nearly unchallenged for the next 10-and-a-half years.
* Subverted in the [[,_2013 2013 German federal election]]: while incumbent Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats only lacked 5 seats to an absolute majority and beat the Social Democrats by one of the largest margins in modern German history, the fact that she lost her junior coalition partner, the liberal Free Democrats who did not pass the required threshold and therefore failed to gain any seats, meant that she had to enter in a Grand Coalition with the Social Democrats.
* The 1997 UK General Election (mentioned above) was also decided by charisma and well-run campaigns. Tony Blair had a TON of charisma and youth. This helped him in mobilising support for Labour via a campaign that not only targeted the youth, but was optimistic overall. ("New Labour for a New Britain", anybody?) The Conservative's John Major, meanwhile, while not an especially ''bad'' prime minister, simply came off as too dry and boring. The Tory campaign was also mismanaged, with half of the campaigns blasting Blair for "adopting Tory policies" (to be fair, Blair had formally made it so that Labour was far less opposed to the private sector), and the other half blasting Blair for being ''too socialist''. In the end, the Tories lost ''half'' of the seats they won in 1992 (which itself was a relatively thin majority compared to the 100-seat majorities that Margaret Thatcher's Tories held in the 80s), and Labour took over 400 seats. The Tories were wiped out anywhere not part of England. Yeah, it was that brutal.
* Prior to the 2015 UK General Election, incumbent Conservative PM David Cameron was widely regarded as a safe pair of hands when it came to handling the economy, though considered vulnerable due to his handling of the Scottish independence referendum the previous year, his government's punitive policies towards jobless and disabled people, and potential vote-splitting from the United Kingdom Independence Party, along with pre-election predictions for his coalition partners, the Liberal-Democrats being unfavourable. On the other hand, the Labour party was led by Ed Milliband, widely considered a dull, out-of-touch left-winger who wanted to drag his party (and the country as a whole) back to the 1970s. Despite the two parties being generally equal in pre-election polls, the results blew everyone's predictions out of the water -- the Conservatives surged to a workable majority, Labour were wiped out everywhere except London, Northern England and South Wales (in particular, being completely annihilated in Scotland by the Scottish National Party) and put in their worst performance since the aforementioned 1983 disaster, the Liberal-Democrats lost about ''five-sixths'' of their seats, and the predicted UKIP surge fizzled out without achieving anything.

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'''. Also, since these are so much more common in RealLife than in fiction, only truly ''exceptional'' real-life examples should be listed- it will vary depending on the electoral system in question, but ideally, shoot for a threshold of victory with ''at least'' 70% of the vote.

Compare DownToTheLastPlay.

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* ''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.

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* 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.

* 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?

* 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. (The Creator/WoodyAllen movie ''{{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 ''Series/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 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 ''[[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 ''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 ''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 Dod 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.