National Affairs: Kentucky--No Straws

With 1948 firmly in mind, leaders of both major parties cocked a hopeful eye toward last week's elections. The Democrats, still smarting from their 1946 walloping, were quick to see the beginning of a Democratic boom in the election of Earle C. Clements as governor of Kentucky. The Republicans counter-shouted that throughout the nation they had held the line and consolidated last year's gains. The plain facts of local politics deflated the rodomontades of both sides.

The decisive vote for Clements, a liberal Southern Democrat, was tempered by current Kentucky political history. Traditionally Democratic Kentucky has elected only two Republican governors...

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