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1912 Primary Poll

1912 Primary Poll (year of the first primary elections)  

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  1. 1. Who would you have voted for in the Democratic Primary had you lived in 1912?

    • Gov. Woodrow Wilson - NJ
    • Speaker Champ Clark - MO
    • Gov. Judson Harmon - OH
    • Gov. John Burke - ND
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  2. 2. Who would you have voted for in the Republican Primary had you lived in 1912?

    • Pres. William Howard Taft - OH
    • Fmr Pres. Theodore Roosevelt - NY
    • Sen. Robert La Follette - WI
    • Sen. Albert Cummins - IA
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  3. 3. Which Party would you have belonged to in 1912?

    • Democratic
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    • Republican
    • Progressive
    • Socialist
    • Prohibition
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    • Socialist Labor
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New poll. I'll do primary polls up to the current election. 

This one is kind of close to me because my Great-grandfather was the Secretary of the Ohio Progressive Republican Party. He tried to push the party to endorse La Follette over Roosevelt, but they ended up endorsing no one until Roosevelt seemed like he was winning more primaries than La Follette, then they endorsed Roosevelt. My great-grandfather also declared that he was running for the US House. I can find this newspaper, but I can't find any information on US House candidates for 1912 for whichever seat he was running for in the US House (He lived in Cleveland). So I don't know if he dropped out of the race or was defeated on election day. He probably ran as a Progressive, rather than as a Republican, so I assume he may have gotten 3rd place in the race. After this, he was hired by Wilson's Sec of War, Newton D. Baker (former Cleveland mayor), to be the top legal adviser of the war department, with the military rank of Major, as WWI was ending. About this time he declared himself an Independent Republican. I believe he endorsed Newton D. Baker's presidential run in 1928 or 1932, despite being of differing parties. My great-grandfather probably favored prohibition as he was against all things that were "vices" and was friends with Elliott Ness ("The Untouchables"), and played a part in getting Ness from Chicago to come to Cleveland.  He also opposed the New Deal and FDR, calling FDR a "Communist pink." 

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14 minutes ago, vcczar said:

New poll. I'll do primary polls up to the current election. 

This one is kind of close to me because my Great-grandfather was the Secretary of the Ohio Progressive Republican Party. He tried to push the party to endorse La Follette over Roosevelt, but they ended up endorsing no one until Roosevelt seemed like he was winning more primaries than La Follette, then they endorsed Roosevelt. My great-grandfather also declared that he was running for the US House. I can find this newspaper, but I can't find any information on US House candidates for 1912 for whichever seat he was running for in the US House (He lived in Cleveland). So I don't know if he dropped out of the race or was defeated on election day. He probably ran as a Progressive, rather than as a Republican, so I assume he may have gotten 3rd place in the race. After this, he was hired by Wilson's Sec of War, Newton D. Baker (former Cleveland mayor), to be the top legal adviser of the war department, with the military rank of Major, as WWI was ending. About this time he declared himself an Independent Republican. I believe he endorsed Newton D. Baker's presidential run in 1928 or 1932, despite being of differing parties. My great-grandfather probably favored prohibition as he was against all things that were "vices" and was friends with Elliott Ness ("The Untouchables"), and played a part in getting Ness from Chicago to come to Cleveland.  He also opposed the New Deal and FDR, calling FDR a "Communist pink." 

I think I enjoyed the little historical bit about a relative more than I did actually participating in the poll. Good read. 

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3 minutes ago, SilentLiberty said:

I think I enjoyed the little historical bit about a relative more than I did actually participating in the poll. Good read. 

He's also the great-grandfather of Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook. He and I share the same grandfather, but different grandmothers. I've never met him or his father (my uncle) though. One of my ancestors was in the Massachusetts legislature during the Rev War and was a member of the MA Constitution ratification delegation, along with John Adams, Samuel Adams, and other major Massachusetts people. One of my ancestor's nephews was Progressive Democrat George W. Norris (hugely influential, but kind of obscure today. Think how John McCain might be remembered 60 years later. Influential, but few will remember him. Norris probably actually had more influence.) Norris would be my 1st cousin, many times removed. My great-great grandfather actually taught his nephew, George W. Norris. My dad was a campaign leader in the Dallas area for Nixon in '60, and then LBJ in '64, and then back to Nixon in '68. My dad cried when Nixon died. My dad was about 45 when I was born. As far as I know his voting record was inconsistent. I don't know who he voted for in 1956, but it was Nixon - LBJ - Nixon - ? (Carter, probably) - Reagan - Mondale (regretted voting for Reagan) - Bush I - Clinton - Perot - Bush II - Bush II - McCain - Romney. He would have loved voting for Trump, but he died about two months after Obama beat Romney. He thought LBJ was the greatest president of his adulthood, and Reagan was the worst president of his adulthood. His decision seemed to have been made exclusively on his economic situation. My dad became a multi-millionaire under LBJ, and then lost almost all his money under Reagan. My dad blamed the Tax Reform Act and I think also the Savings and Loan crisis. I remember him blaming the Tax Reform Act whenever Reagan came up.  I remember he said that when he was really small, his family was the only family in his Texas town that did not support FDR as they were the only family that were Republicans. I think this had more to do with my grandfather being the child of an immigrant from Germany, so they didn't share the often racist views of Southern Democrats of the time, but I'm not really sure. Can't think of another reason for them to have been Texas Republicans in the 1930s, especially when their entire community was Democrats.  

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