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Nearing the End of the Primaries


Nearing the End of the Primaries
Image and caption provided by National Archives
May 3, 1920. Today, candidates usually secure their party's nomination during the primary season, and the nominating convention merely provides the party's official stamp of approval. In 1920, however, the primary process was still new and did not produce a clear winner for the Republican Party. As the Republican convention neared there was no clear choice for the G.O.P. Presidential nominee. This cartoon shows the frazzled Republican elephant surrounded by conflicting newspaper headlines while the Democratic donkey makes pressing inquiries. Warren G. Harding was eventually chosen as the Republican nominee.
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