U.S. At War: Kentucky: Blue Moon

Kentucky citizens jammed the county courthouses where Kentucky counts its votes. At midnight, when the tally clerks went home (State law), the figures showed a substantial lead for Democrat J. Lyter Donaldson, former Highway Commissioner and patronage dispenser who wanted to be Governor. But next day, while courthouse crowds still watched the ballots unfold and every barbershop radio played to a capacity audience, the lead shifted. By Friday an historic upset had become official: Kentuckians had elected Republican Simeon Willis, 278,723-to-270,420. Republican Governors now ruled two of the strategic border states.*

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