National Affairs: Favorite Son

Only once in the past 43 years has New York State gone to a Democratic National Convention without a favorite son; that was in 1948, when New York supported Missouri's Harry Truman. Last week, for the second time since 1916, the nation's most populous state (98 delegate votes in 1956) was barren of native sons, decided to go unpledged to the 1960 Democratic Convention in Los Angeles.

Instead, New York's Democrats took the unusual step of putting up a favorite son for the vice presidential nomination: New York City's Mayor Robert Wagner. In deciding to back Bob Wagner for second place, New...

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