1912 - Regulars Want Third Party Candidates Listed As Independents
It was 20 August 1912, in the Bisbee Daily Review, of Bisbee, Arizona, that we find where the regulars wanted the third party candidates listed as "Independents" as the Bull Moose objects. The headlines on the front page read, "Progressives Fight For Name On Ill. Ticket."
Chicago, Aug. 19, 1912 -- Illinois progressive leaders held an extended conference to devise some plan that would insure the placing of the names of their candidates on the state ticket under the party circle containing the name "Progressives." Republican organization men insist that if progressives obtain a circle from the secretary of state on the official ballot, that the circle shall contain the name "independent," not progressive. They say the progressives are not a regularly organized party within the meaning of the election laws, that under the statutes covering nominations filed by petition the word "independent" must be used.
Under such accounting, anyone who got up a two percent petition also would be listed with the progressive candidates. In this manner men without the endorsement of the progressives could be listed under the same circle marked "Independent."
Attorneys for the progressive state committee agent over the ground with a view to the possibility of filing a mandamus suit in the supreme court to compel the grouping of all progressive candidates under one circle on the ticket so that they can be voted for with one pencil mark.
Former Governor Hoch, of Kansas was among those who today visited republican headquarters at Chicago. He said the present political situation was in many respects similar to that of 1896. He predicted the re-election of president Taft.
Eugene W. Chaffin, prohibition nominee for President, will arrive tomorrow for a conference with his campaign managers. Chaffin is doing much of his campaigning by automobile, making as many as ten speeches each day.
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