The Natural Truth | Maybe They Mean It Was A "Narrow" Landslide What's the difference between a "landslide" victory and a "narrow" defeat? Let's check the media math. When Barack Obama gets 52% of the vote, it's a "landslide!:" After the longest and costliest election in U.S. history, Barack Obama won a landslide--CNN With far less money available for new spending, [Obama] risks letting down supporters whose anticipation soared after his landslide electoral victory. -- Baltimore Sun But when 52% of Californians vote to define marriage as one man/one woman? A ballot initiative to ban gay marriage in California appears headed for a narrow defeat, exit polls showed. 52%: It's a mandate, except for when it outlaws man dates.