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« on: July 22, 2015, 06:08:45 pm »

What if, at the Democratic National Convention in 1936, Roosevelt forces the delegates to make Henry Wallace Vice President? Roosevelt barely fails at making him the nominee in 1940, and he leads a massive walk-out. Barkley becomes the compromise nominee, and nominates Hull as his running-mate. He ties himself to Roosevelt's record in an attempt to gain votes.

Wallace, meanwhile, runs on a ticket with Farmer-Labor Governor of Minnesota Elmer Benson. Thurmond, a major campaign manager of Olin Johnston's, his predecessor. Senator Truman ensures the civil rights plank which causes Thurmond and Sparkman to lead a smaller walkout. Jon Sparkman runs for the "Southern Democratic Party" in most Southern states with Johnston as his running-mate.

Party bosses in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Missisippi ensure he is on the ballot as the Democratic Party's nominee. In Florida and Louisiana, most of the counties are pro-Barkley and pro-Sparkman respectively, with a few exceptions.

To sum it up:

Alben Barkley(D-KY)/Cordell Hull(D-TE) v. Thomas Dewey(R-NY)/John Bricker(R-OH) v.

Jon Sparkman(Southern Democratic-AL)/Olin Talmadge Johnston(SD-AL) v. Henry Wallace(Progressive-Labour-IA)/Elmer Benson(PL-IA)
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