Albert Benjamin ("Happy") Chandler is back from political oblivion. When the final returns from Kentucky's Democratic gubernatorial primary (TIME, Aug. 8) were counted last week, Happy had the nomination by an 18,500-vote length over his sober young opponent, Judge Bert T. Combs.

The victory was a distinct shock to Kentucky's regular Democratic politicians, who had predicted a Combs victory by a margin of 40,000 votes. And it was a portent of worse shocks to come. If he wins the election in November (which seems likely), Chandler will almost certainly throw out the supporters of Senator Earle Clements and found his own...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!