National Affairs: Fright in Indiana

In municipal elections the voters of Indiana have a marked tendency to turn out the ins. Republicans went into the 1947 elections with mayors in 74 cities, came out with only 48. In 1951 Democrats held 54 city halls before election day and only 32 afterward. Last week Indiana voters jumped on the ins harder than ever, gave the Democrats control of 72 cities, leaving the Republicans with only 30, and completely reversing the pre-election balance.

Why was the shift so big? National observers blamed dissatisfaction with the Republican farm program, but Indiana observers thought that the issue had only slight—if any—effect....

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