National Affairs: Republican Majority

Up to last week political forecasters had figured the 72nd House of Representatives (elected last Nov. 4 but not sitting, unless called earlier by the President, until Dec. 7, 1931) as being composed of 217 Democrats, 217 Republicans, and one Farmer-Laborite (TIME, Nov. 17). Last week, however, the final official count in the 10th Illinois district proved that not Democrat William Hesse, but Republican Carl Richard Chindblom had won the right to represent it. Thus the 72nd House last week stood as follows:

Republicans, 218

Democrats, 216

Farmer-Laborite, 1.


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