What Was The Largest Victory In Presidential Election History?

Only in America are people trusted with so much responsibility. We hold the fate of a nation in our hands. We are blessed to have the ability to shape the future by voting for one nut or another nut.

And the results are in…

Coffee Nut beat out Honey Nut and Chili Nut in the M&M contest to select the next peanut flavor. Wait, what did you think I was talking about??

2016 will go down as a big year for voters. In January we had the final season of American Idol (some dude from Mississippi won), and in a couple months we will have that whole presidential election thing (I doubt some dude from Mississippi will win).

To use a line I wrote in a previous post, I treat politics in much the same way that I treat Siri on my phone. I am not really sure how it works, most of the time it does not answer the question it was asked, and I would prefer if it had an English accent.

But despite my lack of knowledge, I caught myself wondering about president elections the other day. I wasn’t very concerned with this election though. I wanted to know about previous elections, mainly which ones were the most one-sided. Surely some elections were blowouts, right? Let’s find out in today’s edition of Wonder Why Wednesday…

What Was The Largest Victory In Presidential Election History?

If 2016 is the year of elections, 1920 may be the year of blowouts.

  • USA ran away with the summer Olympic medal count, with 31 more medals than 2nd place Sweden.
  • The Boston Red Sox were destroyed by the New York Yankees when they traded Babe Ruth for $125,000 and a $350,000 loan.
  • The Cleveland Indians crushed the Brooklyn Robins in the World Series, winning five games to two — apparently they played a best of nine back then (side note, when I first read those team names I thought it said the Baskin Robbins, which instantly became my favorite baseball team).

And last, but not least, Warren Harding defeated James Cox by winning 26.17% of the popular vote — the biggest margin in US presidential election history.

The election came on the heels of World War I, and the country was none to happy with departing president, Democrat Woodrow Wilson. Harding, the Republican, ran a campaign that focused on highlighting the errors of the Democratic party. He wanted to show the nation it was time for a change. And the public agreed, rewarding Harding a landslide victory.

Interested in seeing a list of the top 10 widest margins in election history? Check out this World Atlas article that has a complete list of largest popular vote victories In US Presidential election history.