National Affairs: Weathervane

Should onetime Governor Frank O. Lowden of Illinois be inclined to grasp at straw votes, he might be pleased and proud at the indications of the first such political weather-vane reported in the 1927-28 campaign.

Last week the Publishers' Auto-caster Service (an organization supplying news items to 2,000 small-town weekly newspapers) published the result of a straw vote in which 362,210 voters in 29 states named their men for the Republican and Democratic presidential nomination. Though President Coolidge ran first among the Republicans with 87,176 votes, Mr. Lowden was a close second with 80,066...

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