TENNESSEE: Surprise Ending

Prime scandal of the 1938 primary season was—on the basis of excited statements last fortnight by the Senate Campaign Expenditures Committee (TIME, Aug. 8)—the knockdown, drag-out fight in Tennessee between the team of Senator George L. Berry & Governor Gordon Browning and the team of Senator Kenneth D. McKellar & Boss Ed Crump of Memphis. Coercion of WPAsters, ballot-box stuffing, martial law, shootings, sluggings, kidnappings and general mayhem were anticipated when Chairman Sheppard of the Committee rushed extra agents into Tennessee and announced that whoever won this Senate race would...

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