Every vote counts: TV elections won by narrow margins

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The Presidential race is hastening toward its conclusion, and that means that Americans have election fever. Both in real life and on TV, there have been a multitude of elections won by margins as narrow as a single vote. From legal dramas to animated comedies, here are some prime examples of TV shows where important elections are won and lost by the smallest of percentages.

The selection of managing partner, "Suits"

The main antagonist of the second season of "Suits" is Daniel Hardman, a former partner at Pearson Hardman who left in disgrace after embezzling money from the firm. After a series of unfortunate events, Hardman weasels his way back into the firm and into the good graces of several of the other partners. A vote is called, and Jessica has to defend her role as managing partner against Hardman's ploy for the same position. Louis is put in the awkward position of making the deciding vote in a contest that's all tied up. Hardman wins the vote, but thankfully Mike and Harvey are able to expose his true character and get Hardman fired.

The great curfew debate, "The Simpsons"

In the 10th season episode "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken," the town must vote on a controversial curfew measure that would force people under the age of 70 to stay in their homes after 6 pm. The bill passes by only a single vote. Marge chastises Homer for not voting. He responds by saying, "Oh, it wouldn't have made a difference."

The sheriff screws up, "The Dukes of Hazzard"

In one classic episode of "The Dukes of Hazzard," Boss Hogg is running a corrupt campaign, and plans to rig the local election so that he will "win" the most votes. Helping him in his quest is the corrupt Sheriff Coltrane. But Coltrane is so busy helping to rig the election that he doesn't bother to vote himself: ironically, Boss Hogg loses the election because his crony Coltrane didn't vote.

Heartwarming results, "I Love Lucy"

In one classic episode, Lucy and Ethel are running against each other for the presidency of their women's club. They are neck in neck in terms of votes, with undecided newcomer Ruth to supply the tie-breaking vote. Both Lucy and Ethel try to win Ruth's vote with lavish (but ridiculous) amounts of food. Ruth ends up missing the vote because her overindulgence made her get sick, and so both Lucy and Ethel are elected and serve as co-presidents.
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