January 21, 2021


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Top 10 Landslide US Presidential electoral victories in US history

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We seem not to get enough of the United State politics and their presidential elections, You can’t blame any follower of US Presidencies. After all, the US is regarded as the most powerful nation on earth and so does who become the US President. The office of the US President is regarded as the most powerful office in the world.

This years US election saw the best and the worst as the candidates fought to secure the votes of the electorates. At the end a winner emerged in Joe Biden in what was seen as his third outing for the Presidency. Was Joe Biden 306 to Donald Trump 220 regarded as Landslides. If the words of Donald Trump who prior to 4 years ago regarded his electoral college votes of 306 to then opponent Hilary Clinton 220 votes a Landslide. Its fair to assume that Joe Biden victory and votes as at today can be regarded as a Landslide.

Dambela today helps to look at Previous US Presidential Landslide elections. And see who has the Ten highest landslide victories ever. Here’s a look at the 10 biggest landslides in U.S. presidential history.

10. Lyndon Baines Johnson over Barry Goldwater (1964)

Electoral college results: 486-52
Electoral college vote percentage: 90.33
Lyndon Johnson who served as the 37th vice president under John F kennedy assumed the presidency upon the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A Democrat from Texas, Johnson who also served as a United States Representative and as the Majority Leader in the United States Senate.
In the 1964 Presidential elections, LBJ won 44 states and 61.1 percent of the popular vote, the largest percentage of the popular vote of any candidate since the election of 1820. He declined to contest the 1968 presidential elections.

9. Ronald Reagan over Jimmy Carter (1980)
Electoral college results: 489-49
Electoral college vote percentage: 90.89

A former Hollywood actor and union leader who served as the 33rd governor of California from 1967 to 1975 before winning the US Presidency in 1980 became a highly influential voice of modern conservatism. His predecessor, Carter’s performance over the previous four years and the rise of the modern American conservative movement paved the way for Reagan to enjoy a huge victory. At 69 years, 349 days of age at the time of his first inauguration, Reagan became the oldest person to assume the U.S. presidency, a distinction he held until 2017, when Donald Trump was inaugurated at age 70 years.

8. Abraham Lincoln over George McClellan (1864)
Electoral college results: 212-21
Electoral college vote percentage: 90.99

A former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois’s 7th district. Abraham Lincoln won the 1860 presidential elections as the 16th US President and went on to win a reelection in 1864. Only 25 states participated in this election due to 11 states seceding from the Union. Lincoln easily won re-election over former Union general George McClellan. He is credited with preserving the Union, abolishing slavery, bolstering the federal government, and modernizing the U.S. economy. Regarded as the greatest US President of all time.

7. Thomas Jefferson over Charles C. Pinckney (1804)
Electoral college results: 162-14
Electoral college vote percentage: 92.05

It wasn’t surprising when Thomas Jefferson who had previously served as the second vice president of the United States between 1797 and 1801 and became the first United States Secretary of State who go on to emerge as the Third US President in the 1800 elections and won reelection in 1804.
The popular Louisiana Purchase and reduced military forces as a result of peace negotiations with France helped Jefferson’s re-election bid. He won 72.8 percent of the vote against Federalist opponent Charles C. Pinckney from South Carolina.

6. Richard Nixon over George McGovern (1972)
Electoral college results: 520-17
Electoral college vote percentage: 96.65

Nixon who previously served as the 36th vice president from 1953 to 1961, and a representative and senator from California won the 1972 election taking 60.7 percent of the popular vote and winning every state except one (Massachusetts). The remainder of his presidency was rocked by the Watergate scandal that led to his resignation.

5. Ronald Reagan over Walter Mondale (1984)
Electoral college results: 525-13
Electoral college vote percentage: 97.58

With a robust economy coupled with his mass appealing as an orator lifted Reagan to a decisive re-election victory in every state except Mondale’s native Minnesota. His winning total of 525 electoral votes remains the highest number of electoral votes ever received by a presidential candidate. Winning 58.8% of the national popular vote and losing only Washington, D.C. and his opponent Walter Mondale’s home state of Minnesota, in the 1984 election.

4. Franklin Delano Roosevelt over Alf Landon (1936)
Electoral college results: 523-8
Electoral college vote percentage: 98.49

FDR as he was popularly known won his first re-election bid easily as New Deal policies like Social Security and unemployment were hugely popular. His effort with tackling with the Great Depression by implementing his New Deal domestic agenda in response to the worst economic crisis in U.S. history was a major factor for his victories. The 32nd president won every state except for Maine and Vermont in the 1936 elections. In the 1932 presidential election, he defeated Republican President Herbert Hoover in a landslide. He remains the only US President who won Four presidential elections.

3. James Monroe (1820)
Electoral college results: 231-1
Electoral college vote percentage: 99.57

Monroe who became the 5th US President had an easy path to re-election as the Federalists were unable to put forward a strong candidate. Monroe would’ve been unanimously elected, were it not for a lone elector from New Hampshire, who gave his vote to his opponent John Quincy Adams preventing a unanimous vote in the Electoral College.

1 and 2. – George Washington (Unopposed)

The First US President Washington ran unopposed twice for the newly-created position of president and won every electoral vote on each occasion Terms. Any surprise that the founding father had no formidable opponent to challenge him.

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