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President Wilson was re-elected November 7
by the largest popular vote ever given a candi
date for that office. He carried" a majority ' of
tlu states, and received a majority in the elec
toral college of 1 0 votes,, with a possibility of
adding Minnesota (now doubtful) to the list. A
partial estimate of the popular vote gives Pres
ident Wilson 8,563,713 votes to 8,100,401 for
Charles B. Hughes, or a plurality of 403,313.
The senate remains democratic. Pour 'pres
ent democratic membors, according to the latest
indications, have been defeated. They are Sen
ators Kern and Tagfira'rt of Indiana; Martine, of
New Jersey, and Chilton, of West Virginia. Four
republican senators, Lippitt, of Rhode Island;
Clark, of Wyoming; DuPont, of Delaware, and
Sutherland, of Utah, have lost their seats on the
basis of the returns.
The status of the house of representatives re
mains in doubt at tho present time. The re
publicans gained a number of seats, and an offi
cial count in some of the districts may be need
ed to determine the control of the next house. A
Washington dispatch, dated November 14, states
that Representative Doremus of Michigan,
chairman of the democratic congressional com-,
mittee, predicts that despite unofficial returns
indicating the election of five more republicans
than democrats, that the final canvass would give
the democrats control and that the present
speaker would be re-elected. Representative
Doremus claimed that 212 democrats and only
211 republicans had been elected and that there
are nine doubtful districts. The present un
official results now indicate the election of 217
republicans, 212 democrats, two progressives
and one progressive-protectionist, one independ
ent, one socialist and one prohibitionist.
Prohibition was successful in Nebraska, Mon
tana, Michigan, South Dakota, Idaho and Alaska.
Prohibition lost in- Missouri and California. Mis
souri is reported... dry by 6,000 votes outside of
the city of St. Louis, which returned an over
whelming wet majority. Prohibition carried in
Kansas City, and Jackson county, in which Kan
sas City is located.
Woman suffrage lost in South Dakota by a
Oregon defeated the proposition establishing
the single tax in that state.
Following are successful senatorial nominees,
as indicated by tho returns at hand:
Arkansas W. -F. Kirby, democrat.
California H. W. Johnson, republican.
Connecticut G. R. McLean, republican.
Delaware Joseph O. Wolcott, democrat. '
Florida P. M. Trammell, democrat.
Indiana H. S. New, republican; J. B. Wat
Maryland I. J. France, republican.
Massachusetts H. C. Lodge, republican.
Michigan C. E. Townsend, republican.
Minnesota F. B. Kellogg, republican.
Mississippi John Sharp Williams, democrat.
Missouri J. A. Heed, democrat, .
Montana H. L. Meyers, democrat. .
Nebraska G. M. Hitchcock, democrat.
Nevada Key Pittman, democrat. ' x
New Jersey j; S. Frelinghuysen, republican.
New Mexico A. A. Jones, democrat.
New York W.M. Calder, republican.
North Dakota P. J. McCumber, republican.
Ohio Atlee Pomerene, democrat
Pennsylvania P. C. Knox, republican.
Rhode Island P. Q. Grry, democrat.
Tennesseer-K. D. McKellar, democrat. .
Texas C. A. Culborsonr demoqrat. . , .
Utah W. H. King, democrat-progressive.
Vermont C. S. Page, republican.
Virginia C. A. Swanson, democrat.
Washington- Miles Poindexter, republican.
Wisconsin R! M. LaFollette, republican.
West Virginia Howard Sutherland, repub
lican. Wyoming John B. Kendrick, democrat.
s Governors Chosen
States which elected state tickets chose the
following governors, as indicated by present re
turns: '' '
Arizona -G. W. . Hunt, democrat.
Arkansas C. H. Brough, democrat.
Colorado J.- c. Gunter, democrat.
ELECTORAL VOTE FOR PRESIDENT
Stato Dom. Rep. Stato Dom. Rop.
Alabama . ...12 . . Nevada 3 ..
Arizona 3 . . N. Hampshlro .4
Arkansas .... '9 . . New Jersey . . 14 '
California . ..13 .. Now Mexico .. . 3 ..
Colorado . . . . G . . Now York .... 45
Connecticut . . 7 N. Carolina ... 12
Delaware .....' 3 NT. Dakota .... 5
Florida C . . Ohio 24
Georgia 14 .. Oklahoma . .".10 ..
Idaho ........ 4 . . Oregon r 5
Illinois 29 Pennsylvania . 38 '
Indiana 15 Rhode Island . . 5 -
Iowa 13 S. Carolina ... 9 . .
Kansas 10 ;. S.Dakota ..;. 5-
Kentucky .... 13 . . Tennessee .... 12 ...
Louisiana . ..10 .. Texas 20 ..
Maine 6 Utah 4
Maryland . ... 8 . . Vermont .... 4 ,
Massachusetts . 18 Virginia 12 ..
Michigan 15 Washington . . 7
Minnesota W. Virginia..,. 8
Mississippi . .10 .,. Wisconsin ... 13
Missouri . ...18' . ." Wyoming ... 3 ..
Nebraska .... 5 . .
Montana .... 4 .. Totals. ...27G 243
Doubtful, 12. Necessary to elect, 2G6.
Connecticut M. H. Holcomb, republican. -Delaware
J. G. Townsend, republican.
Florida W. V. Knott, dfemocrat.
Georgia H. M. Dorsey, democrat.
Idaho Moses Alexander, democrat.
Illinois F. O. Lbwden, republican.
Indiana J. P. Goodrich, republican.
Iowa W. L. Harding, republican.
Kansas Arthur Capper, republican.
Massachusetts S. W. McCall, republican. ,
Michigan A. E. Sleeper, republican.
Minnesota J. A. A. Burnquist, republican.
Montana Sam V. Stewart, democrat.
Missouri F. D. Gardner, democrat.
Nebraska Keith Noyjlje, democrat. .
New Hampshire H. W. Keyes, republican.
New Jersey W. E. Edge, republican.
Now York C. S. Whitman, republican.
New Mexico B. C. Do Baca, democrat.
North" Carolina T. W. Blckett, democrat.
North Dakota L. J. Frazier, republican.
Ohio J. M. Cox, democrat.
Rhode Island R. L. Beeckman, republican.
South Carolina R. I. Manning, democrat.
South Dakota Peter Norbeck, republican.
Tennessee T. C. Rye, deroiocrat.
Texas J. B. Ferguson, defifocrat.
Utah Simon Bamberger, democrat.
Vermont H. F. Graham, republican.
Washington Ernest Lister, democrat.
West Virginia J. B. RobinP'-?i republican.
Wisconsin B. L. Philip, rem Dlican.
The various prohibition campaigns disclosed
very plainly the inherent crookedness of tho
liquor business. In one of these campaigns did
the advocates of the saloon pay the least atten
tion to facts, but spread their networks of lies
in the hope of catching enough ignorant per
sons in them. Their inability to fight squarely
and decently was shown by the devices they
employed to mislead voters into voting contrary
to their wishes. In Nebraska the lfquof men got
out cards telling voters that the way to vote dry
was to put a cross in the prohibition party circle,
a clear loss to the dry amendment when done.
A cause that bases its hopes for success on such
rank fraud can not make any headway.
The investments made by a number of emin
ent republicans in various parts of. the country
panued out very poorly on the seventh of No
vember. They will bo unable to exchange any
of their campaign fund contributions for ambas
sadorships to London, et al.
San Francisco formerly objected seriously to
helng referred to as the earthquake city, but
since the last election, when Wilson carried the
county by a tremendous majority, they can
scarcely refuse to admit its descriptive char
acter. - - -
There will be a life-time fued between Mr.
Hughes and Mr. Roosevelt; each will insist that
tho other did it
- DEMOCRATIC IltSHPONSmiLTTY1
Tho stato of Nebraska has declared with m
noto of finality for tho banishment of tho liquor
business. While doing this, it has placed tho
stato government, including probably tho legis
lature, in control of tho party which has hlthorto
been dominated by tho liquor Interests. This
result occurs partly because of tho tremondous
sweep of Wilson sontlment In tho state. A strong
ticket head always helps along tho ticket tall.
Tho result occurs in part, howover, becauso
many "dry" democrats trusted tho pledges of
Mr. Novlllo and of the party candidates In gen
eral that they would do tholr full duty in tho
onforcomont of prohibition ,if that should carry.
In tho light of expcrlonco tho "drys" havo
been justified In an unwillingness to entrust tho
administration of dry pollcios to wot men. In
every legislature and In other ofilccs thoro havo
boon wot men who owned their own souls and
could not bo herded by tho liquor managers. But
they havo been noblo exceptions. The rulo has
been to tho contrary. Wet legislators havo
usually taken liquor orders, not oifty in matters
pertaining directly to them, but in others as well.
That is to say, tho greatest numbor of tho wots
havo not only been wot, but they havo boon
slaves of the special Interests involved In tho li
Nevertheless, until their conduct proves tho
contrary, tho "wets" who have been elected to
make and administer the'prohlbltion laws aro
entitled to tho benefit of tho doubt. Thoy will
have a harder task than If thoy were drys. If
Mr. Neville gives himself whole heartedly to
making tho prohibition policy a success in Ne
braska, ho will have to turn his back on tho
mon who have been most active in nominating
and electing him governor. Ho will havo to do
a strong and self reliant man with a h'gh senso
of duty to do that, for it will carry with it loss
of friendships and bring upon him bitter polit
ical and personal opposition. Wo do not refer
here to the great mass of antl-prohibltionlntH,
moat of whom will accept the situation and loy
ally support the enforcement of the law. Wo
refer to tho business interests which will be hop
ing for prohibition to be discredited and which
will expect tho men thoy helped Into office to as
sist them in the discrediting. Attorney General
Reed In particular will havo to change his ways
if he Is to be a successful official In this respect.
His career thus far as attorney general has given
the impression of a weak lawyer and a four
flusher. But Mr. Reed, too, Is entitled to havo
the best expected of him. We say tho sarao of
tho now Lancaster county sheriff. Sheriff Hyers
was beaten because tho . voters thought, mis
takenly or not, that he was trying to play both
the dry and the wet. They said they preferred
an avowed wet to a doubtful dry, trusting that
his senso of duty would ovorcomo his personal
predilections. Until Sheriff Simmons shows In
ability thus to rise to his duty, he is entitled to
be assumed to be an honest man and will bo a
The democratic party in Nebraska now faces
a cr'sls. It has been the liquor party. It can
continue to be tho liquor party and sink, in a
stato which shows a wholesale aversion to tho
liquor business, to the insignificant position
which it occupied in Nebraska before Mr. Bryan
built it into a formidable opposition. Or It can
"get wise," as the democratic party in Kansas
and Iowa has finally done, put itself in harmony
with the mbral and economic sense of the state,
and remain In position to do Its share in making
tho Nebraska of tho future. Which choice Is to
be made we shall know definitely when the now
legislature and tho new stato administration
get to work. We hope with all our heart that
the. party chooses, tho better-part.. Nebraska
State Journal. (Rep.).
The real Importance of the war news that is
coming from Europe these days was disclosed
when the election returns began to come in.
Even a torpedoed liner was unable to get more
than a few lines on the front pago.
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