Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Program Name

Political Science

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Stephen R. Schwalbe


Landslide elections for House seats have sometimes been referred to as pivotal and occasionally as representing the death of the losing political party. The goal of this research was to identify new landslide election winners and determine their length of tenure as representatives. The research included examining three relatively recent House elections occurring concurrently with presidential election landslides: 1964, 1972 and 1984. The finding indicated little difference in tenure between landslide winners and non-landslide winners. This paper recommends less attention be paid to victory margins by campaigns and political scientists.



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