National Affairs: Great Gamble

Because the farmers of that rocky, rural little State were frozen in by November, Maine long ago began holding its State elections in September. Because its farmers and townsmen seemed permanently frozen solid in Republicanism, GOPoliticians fostered the slogan that "As Maine goes, so goes the nation." Because the nation has sent Republican Presidents to the White House in all but five elections since the Civil War, the venerable saw has gained currency, though not validity. It is not even true that as Maine goes, so goes Maine. In 1932 it elected a...

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