Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Today -100: November 9, 1910: Election 1910

Election results are coming in.


-Woodrow Wilson (D) is elected governor of New Jersey, his first elective office, on a huge swing to the Democrats that also carried the legislature and 8 of 10 congressional seats.

-Simeon Eben Baldwin (D) is elected governor of Connecticut, despite Roosevelt having called him retrogressive (and despite no other D winning state-wide office). The NYT is sorry that Baldwin probably won’t be suing the Colonel for the slander, given that since he won it would be difficult to prove damages; the Times says we have “lost an entertaining lawsuit.”

-John A. Dix defeats Henry L. Stimson in NY by almost 2 to 1, reversing Charles Evans Hughes’ almost equally large win in 1908. The D’s take the Legislature as well. Republican voters largely just stayed home.

-Eugene Foss (D) wins in Massachusetts, another state where D’s failed to win other state-wide offices.

-John Tener (R), a former minor-league baseball player who was once given the job of explaining baseball to the Prince of Wales, wins Pennsylvania.

-Progressive Republican and radical reformer Hiram Johnson wins in California. Sorry not to have had more on that; the NYT sucked on California.

-Judson Harmon, incumbent D governor of Ohio, crushes Warren G. Harding. This is a special humiliation for Taft, whose state Ohio is.

Congress: Democrats will increase from 172 seats to 230, Republicans drop from 219 to 162, losing control of the House for the first time in 15 years. Most of the D gains were in NY, Mass., NJ, Penn, W Virginia and Illinois. R did better in states where the party is controlled by Rooseveltite progressives rather than the old guard.

There will be a socialist congresscritter, the first ever: Victor Berger of Wisconsin.

Senate: Democrats have taken control of at least 4 of the legislatures of 24 states now represented in the US Senate by Republicans (Maine, New York, Missouri, New Jersey, and probably Indiana & West Virginia), meaning a gain, when those new legislatures pick senators, of 7 seats, but Republicans will retain a majority of 12 out of 92. 12 of the Republican senators who lost their seats were members of the party’s old guard.

Whatever happened to voting in schools? In New York, Stimson’s polling station was in a barber shop, Gaynor’s was in a tailor’s shop. In Sagamore Hill, Teddy Roosevelt voted in a fire station, along with son Kermit, best known for his role in overthrowing the elected government of Iran in 1953, voting for the first time, and various Roosevelt family retainers, including his negro butler. He reminisced for the press about his own first time voting 31 years before, with his then butler, also negro. Woodrow Wilson voted in a furniture shop.

NYC election investigators swore out a warrant for illegal registration for US Attorney General George Wickersham when they couldn’t find him at his address on East 61st, but later withdrew it when they figured out who he was and that he was probably in, you know, Washington.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 28, is elected to the NY state senate, his first but not last public office.

Democrats actually did relatively badly in cities, evidently because of hostility from the labor vote. One big exception is NYC, which will have an entirely Democratic congressional delegation.

New Hampshire Name of the Day -100: Congressman Cyrus A. Sulloway (R), reelected. Was there ever a more perfect name for a New Hampshire congressman than Cyrus A. Sulloway?

In a negro town in Oklahoma, blacks took over a polling station and threw out the white election officials, declaring they would vote despite the grandfather clause. And in Tulsa, a negro minister who was turned away from his polling station got the US Commissioner to swear out a warrant for the arrest of the election officials responsible. And US marshals arrested election officials in McAlester who refused to let blacks vote without bothering with the formality of the literacy test.

Headline of the Day -100: “King Pelted With Paper.” Albert, king of the Belgians, is pelted with a million slips of paper demanding universal suffrage.

Electoral Headline of the Day -100: “Roosevelt Went to Bed.”

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