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« Reply #25 on: August 02, 2015, 11:19:55 pm »
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Republican Party

Vermont Governor George Aiken-29%
Indiana Senator Wendell Wilkie-25%
Ohio Senator Robert Taft-22%
Newspaper Editor Frank Knox-17%
Fmr. Connecticut Congressman Schuyler Merritt 7%
In a relatively crowded primary field, the GOP united around moderate internationalist George Aiken, who represents a confluence of ideas in the party and hails from a region with a strong GOP base and tradition. Willkie's platform was more populist economically and more interventionist, appealing to a base of Midwestern farmers and many Southerners. Taft represented the right wing of the party, appealing to regions with isolationist pockets and right leaning voters wary of the Conservative Party. Frank Knox entered the race as a moderate, but was never really taken seriously outside of a few Midwestern states. His performance shocked many observers who decried his weak platform. Schuyler Merritt remained quite unknown throughout the campaign and this showed in his results.

Conservative Party

Fmr. House Democratic Minority Leader John Nance Garner-44%
Aviator and Activist Charles Lindbergh-35%
Michigan Congressman Clare Hoffman-21%
John Nance Garner profited from his former Democratic connections and Southern roots as he vanquished a popular national figure in the primary election. He ran as a party establishment figure with a highly detailed platform. Garner was not an isolationist. Charles Lindbergh, the early favorite in the race, quickly lost support after being questioned on the issues and lacking a depth of knowledge. He failed to successfully appeal nationwide despite his popularity. Clare Hoffman also likely took votes, as both were on the right side of this offshoot party. Hoffman employed quasi fascist rhetoric that scared many voters but appealed to hardline anti-Communists in certain states. His support was spread out, but dug into Lindbergh's potential base.
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« Reply #26 on: August 09, 2015, 04:19:05 pm »
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« Reply #27 on: August 17, 2015, 05:50:13 pm »
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Setting Up the 1940 Election

After a tough midterm election where his party sustained major losses, President Wheeler struggled to drum up support. With a relatively low approval rating among members of his own party, Wheeler is concerned for his future. Although the economy has been trending upwards due to war preparedness spending, with lower unemployment figures and more consumer spending, the specter of war now looms over the horizon. The US appears to be divided on full out intervention, so it's said that this election will be a mandate on war policy.

The Bull Moose Party, despite a rough convention, soldiered forward with President Wheeler and Vice President Sinclair. The most prominent danger to Bull Moose support with their own base is composed of the independent socialist bid of Bull Moose Congressman Norman Thomas and Montana Senator Jeanette Rankin, both of whom coalesced around Elmer Austin Benson in the primaries and convention. The Republican Party's nominee, George Aiken, selected Newspaperman Frank Knox as his vice president to provide a geographical balance on the ticket and attract Midwestern support. Alben Barkley, the Democratic nominee, picked New York Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt as his running mate. Lastly, the Conservative Party's leader John Nance Garner picked New Hampshire senator Styles Bridges to run with him on a Right Wing ticket.

The Bull Moose Party is running on a platform of civil rights for women and minorities, continuing aid to allies but not intervening, and a minimum wage. The Democratic Platform consists of intervention in Europe to aid the UK and France in their fight against Germany along with continuing the economic policies of the last few years. The Democrats oppose a preemptive attack on Japan, but they do support a draft. Moreover, the Democratic Platform calls for a huge boost in research and science spending for weaponry and new technologies. The Republican consensus is on cutting some of the jobs programs of the 1930's in favor of war preparedness and combat spending. Republicans support keeping a wary eye on Japan and forging alliances, moving towards intervention on the European stage. However, at this stage, Republicans do not support a draft. The Conservative Party supports interning German Americans, immediately attacking Germany, and curtailing federally contracted companies' labor union rights. They support a crackdown on any 'subversive' activity conducted by Black liberation groups, ethnic Americans, or immigrants.
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