National Affairs: Delegates

The last of the "crucial" primaries was held in West Virginia. Smith beat Reed. His nomination looked as certain as such things can look upon a planet inhabited by human beings.

Favorite Son Goff beat Candidate Hoover. It was a preferential primary, leaving the delegates uninstructed, and three of the 19 delegates elected were regarded as Hooverites. But the popular vote stood—Goff 120,337; Hoover, 105,876. The usual comments were made: 1) That the Hoover boom had passed its peak, would now collapse; 2) That the Beaver Man had made a splendid showing.

Democrats sat back to see what decision the Republican 1,089...

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