Alf Landon could console himself last week with the thought that, though his electoral total touched a near-record low, he had at least topped Herbert Hoover's 15,000,000 popular votes of 1932. No such solace was available to the nation's third party candidates and their backers, whose wretched performances at the polls made the Republican fiasco seem a comparative triumph.
Socialist Labor's John Aiken got some 7,000 votes, to 33,000 polled by Verne L. Reynolds in 1932.
Against Nominee Willie Upshaw's 82,000 votes in 1932, Prohibition's David Leigh Colvin last week got some 13,000.
The Communist Party, whose...