National Affairs: Happy Time in Kentucky

Before election day in Kentucky last week Democratic Candidate Albert Benjamin ("Happy") Chandler* predicted that he would be elected governor by a margin of 113,000 votes. Kentucky's best guessers scoffed that Happy's estimate was characteristically too high, guessed that he would win by no more than 70,000. When the votes were counted, it turned out that even Happy's happy estimate had been too cautious. He ran up a total of 457,185 votes to beat Republican Candidate Edwin R. Denney by 131,353; the biggest majority a candidate for governor ever piled up in Kentucky.

Chandler's indestructible popularity in Kentucky and his ballad-singing, back-thumping...

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