3 great landslide elections - WGEM.com: Quincy News, Weather, Sports, and Radio

3 great landslide elections

Updated:
President Ronald Reagan ©WhiteHouse.gov President Ronald Reagan ©WhiteHouse.gov

By Elisa D. Keller


(WORLDNOW) – Though it may be hard to imagine today, when elections are full of professional political spin and down-to-the-wire vote counts challenged in real time, not so long ago, the country could occasionally elect a president with not only a clear majority of support, but an overwhelming one.  Here are some of the biggest landslide elections from the last 50 years.


1964: Lyndon B. Johnson v. Barry Goldwater

You can't help but feel a little bad for Republican Barry Goldwater. After all, how could anyone run a successful presidential campaign against Johnson, a vice president who was suddenly ushered into the Oval Office following John F. Kennedy's assassination less than a year before?

Thanks in part to Kennedy's popularity, and the country's collective support of his successor, Johnson won an overwhelming 486 Electoral College votes compared to Goldwater's 52.

To put this political drubbing into perspective, Johnson won a massive 61 percent of the popular vote, a number only topped by founding father Thomas Jefferson, when he took nearly 73 percent of the vote against Charles Pinckney in 1804  –  back when the number of total ballots cast was under 150,000.


1972: Richard Nixon v. George McGovern

Due in part to President Nixon pulling American soldiers out of Vietnam, and his foreign relations strides toward a positive relationship with China, the incumbent was easily swept back into office, leaving Democrat George McGovern in his dust. It didn't help that McGovern's first VP candidate, Thomas Eagleton, was forced out of the race after it was revealed he had previously undergone electroshock therapy for depression.

Nixon went on to win by 18 million popular votes, and take the Electoral College votes from 49 out of 50 states, leaving McGovern with only Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. This eventually lead to an iconic bumper sticker following Nixon's resignation in 1974, following the Watergate scandal: "Don't blame me; I'm from Massachusetts."


1984: Ronald Reagan v. Walter Mondale

With a booming economy at his back, popular incumbent President Ronald Reagan was going to be tough to beat. And that was before Democratic challenger Walter Mondale said he would raise taxes if elected. Throw in his divisive vice presidential choice Geraldine Ferraro – noteworthy for being the first female VP candidate of a major party, but also for being too resistant to release her husband's tax records – and Mondale's campaign was finished almost as soon as it started.

Reagan would end up winning 49 out of 50 states, and 525 Electoral College votes, the highest total won by a Presidential candidate to date.

 

Elisa D. Keller is a news editor for Worldnow

*DISCLAIMER*: The information contained in or provided through this site section is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be and is not a substitute for professional advice. Use of this site section and any information contained on or provided through this site section is at your own risk and any information contained on or provided through this site section is provided on an "as is" basis without any representations or warranties.
  • ElectionsMore>>

  • Emails show Walker recall election campaign push

    Emails show Walker recall election campaign push

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:34 PM EDT2014-08-23 02:34:53 GMT
    Newly released court documents include emails showing that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign team told him to instruct donors to give to a key conservative group which would run ads for...More >>
    Newly released court documents include excerpts from emails showing that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign team told him to instruct donors to give to a key conservative group that would run ads...More >>
  • Perry in New Hampshire: No decision on 2016

    Perry in New Hampshire: No decision on 2016

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:14 PM EDT2014-08-23 00:14:59 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is testing his presidential prospects in New Hampshire while carrying the scars of old political stumbles and a recent indictment.More >>
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday in a visit to a key early voting state that he was unprepared for and humbled by his first run for president in 2012 and will work harder if there's a next time around.More >>
  • Potential 2016 candidates cautious on Ferguson

    Potential 2016 candidates cautious on Ferguson

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:04 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:04:53 GMT
    The police shooting and death of Michael Brown has gripped the nation, but many potential presidential candidates in 2016 are taking a cautious approach to the clashes between protesters and police in suburban St....More >>
    The police shooting and death of Michael Brown has gripped the nation amid clashes between protesters and the police in suburban St. Louis. But for most of those who want to lead the nation, there's little to gain in...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WGEM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Kathy Woodworth at 217-228-6617. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.