The County Democrat. (Tecumseh, Okla.), Vol. 23, No. 8, Ed. 1 Friday, November 10, 1916 Page: 2 of 8
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Presidential Election Will Be Settled
By Smallest Majority In Many Years
ENTIRE STATE TICKET ELECTED
WITH SIX OUT OF EIGHT
BILL MURRAY’S SUCCESSOR
AMENDMENTS BOTH CARRIED
On tiie Face of Early Returns—Al
though Not Conceded by Demo-
crats—Bert Chandler has De-
May Take Official Count to
And Illinois Sticks to the G. 0. P.
Column—Campaign Managers for
Both Parties Still Confident
of Final Victory
New York.—On the third day after
fhe American peop.e cast their presh
dent la! ballots the result still Is In
doubt and the contest between Presi-
dent Wilson and Charles E. Hughes
has narrowed to a point where It may
be decided by a few western states.
It is within the range of possibili-
ties that the votes of national guards-
men on border duty might turn some
of the doubtful states from one col-
umn to another.
Based on actual returns received
by The Associated Press the electoral
co’lege now gives Hughes 239 and
Wilson 232 affid leaves sixty doubtful.
Although California still showod a
lead for the president aud his cam
paign managers were claiming it by
at least 1,500. the president’s majority
there had dwindled to a little more
than 3,500 with about ono-flfth of the
Hughes took th.e lead in Minnesota
when returns from 2,505 precincts out
of 3.024 in the state gave Wilson
162,235, Hughes 163,088.
Many State Returns Incomplete.
Idaho was estimated for the Wilson
column with a majority of 10,000.
Kansas, while Incomplete with a little
more than two-thirds of the districts
reported, showed President Wilson
leading with more than 27.000. Wash-
ington, a little more than half re
ported, was giving the president a lead
of 7,000. West Virginia, two-thirds re-
ported, was showing Hughes a major-
ity of 2,000. North Dakota was very
close, two-thirds complete, showing
Hughes majority of less than 1,000.
Wilson was leading in New Mexico
with only a small proportion of pre-
Newspapers’ Figures Vary.
The Tribune and the Sun, support-
ers of Mr. Hughes, give him 252 votes
In the electoral college and give Presi-
dent Wilson 251. They regard Call
fornia, Minnesota and New Mexico as
the only doubtful states.
The World, which suppcrted Presi-
dent Wilson, gives him 25’, Hughes
228, and regards California, Connecti-
cut, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New
Mexico, North Dakota and West Vir-
ginia as doubtful.
The Times gives Wilson 251 votes
and Hughes 247. classing California.
M’nnesota and North Dakota as
The Chicago Tribune gives Hughes
The Electoral Vote
State— Wilson Huflhea Doubtful
Alabama ........ 12 ...
Arizona ......... 3 •••
Arkansas ........ 9 ...
Colorado ........ 6 ...
Delaware .......... 3
Florida .......... A ...
Georgia .......... 14 ...
Idaho ............. •••
Illinois ............. 29
Indiana ............ 13
Kansas .......... 10 ...
Kentucky ........13 ...
Louisiana ........ 10 ...
Maine ............. 6
Maryland ........ 8 . .
Michigan .......... 15
Minnesota ......... ...
Mississippi ...... 10 ...
Missouri ......... 18 ...
Montana ........ 4 ...
Nebraska ........ ...
Nevada .......... 3 ...
New Hampshire 4
New Jersey ....... 14
New Mexico....... ...
New York ......... 45
North Carolina .. 12 ...
North Dakota ... . ...
Ohio ............. 24
Oklahoma ....... 10 ...
Oregon ....... .. 5
Pennsylvania ...... 38
Rhode Island ...... 5
South Carolina ..9
South Dakota ..... 5
Tennessee ....... 12 ...
Texas ...........20 ...
Utah ............ 4 ...
Vermont .......... 4
Virginia ......... 12
Washington ....... ... 7
West Virginia .... ... 7
Wisconsin ......... 13
Wyoming ........ 3
Totals .........232 239
Necessary to elect. 266.
234 and Wilson 251 electoral votes,
classing California, Minnesota, New'
Mexico, North Dakota. Oregon and
West Virginia’ as doubtful.
The Chicago Herald, which declares
Wilson to have been elected, gives
him 266 electoral votes as against 235
for Hughes and puts California, North
Dakota, New Hampshire and West Vir-
ginia in the doubtful column.
Both Chairmen Are Confident.
Bach of the national chairmen ex-
presses the most serene confidence
that the ultimate results will elect his
With the contest narrowing steadily
to close states in the vital spots re-
counts are almost inevitable and each
side is on the watcu for irregularities
There is no assurance that the re-
sult will be fully known in another
Oklahoma City.—Incomplete unof-
ficial returns from one-half of the
2,500 precincts in Oklahoma, Wil on
is leading Hughes by 18,000 votes.
This would indicaie that Wilson's
plurality in Oklahoma will reach be
tween 35,000 and 40,000.
The entire democratic state ticket
was elected by pluralities ranging
from 20,000 to 30,000, and all but two
of the eight democratic candidates
for congress have been successful. In
the first and cighth^^tricts, the rc
suits all in doubt. Congressman Jim
Davenport has been definitely defeat
ed by Bert Chandler, republican, in
the first dictrict, and in the eighth,
Dick T. Morgan, republican, apparent-
judge Tom D. McKeown of Ada,
who is e'ected to Congress in the Sec-
ond Oklahoma district.
CONGRESS STILL DOUBTFUL
DEMOCRATS APPEAR TO BE GAIN
Democrats Are Assured Control of
Senate By Good
ly will be returned to congress, de-
feating Z. A. Harris democrat, of
The success of the two election
measures is probable, although demo-
crats claim they have been defeated,
while republicans claim both propo-
sitions have carried by majorities that
will reach 50,000 or more. One was!
the repeal of the registration law. the
other the adoption of the socialist
Campbell Russell, democrat, has de-
feated Frank Parkinson of Lawton, re-
publican, for corporation commission- j
er. Returns from 200 precincts in
twelve counties give Russell 6,000 !
lead. W. D. Humphrey, democratic;
candidate for the short term com- j
mtssioner, is running far ahead of his j
opponent and probably will be the j
high man on the state ticket.
Returns so far give no intimation
as to the political complexion of the
house of the next legislature.
Claims by Managers.
Judge Robert M. Rainey, chairman
of the democratic state campaign com-
mittee, claims the state for Wilson
by 40,000. election of the entire dem-
ocratic state ticket, seven of the
eight congressmen and defeat of the
socialist election measure by 30,000.
The proposed repeal of the registra-
tion law. he claims, was defeated by
a similar majority on the straight
yes and no vote.
Arthur Geis8ler. chairman of the re-j
publican campaign committee, claims ;
adoption of the socialist law by a ma
jortty of 50,000 and the repeal of the t
raflnu Law by
New York.—Although the democrats
are assured control of the senate by a
working majority, control of the house
is still fn doubt. The democrats
made slight gain8, however, in the
returns in Montana and Kan^^
democrats, 201 republicans, U pro-
gressives, one socialist anJ one inde-
pendent have been elected, with
twenty-five congressional districts yet
to be heard from.
In the senate four’present democrat
is members, according to the latest in
dications, have been deteated. They
are Senators Kern and Taggart of In-
diana, Martine of New Jersey and Cnll-
ton of West Virginia. Three Repub-
lican senators, Lippitt of Rhode Is-
land, Clark of Wyoming and Suther-
land of Utah, also have lost their seats
on the basis of the returns.
The defeat of Senator Kern of In-
diana by Harry S. New. former chair-
man of the republican national com-
mittee, takes from the democratic or-
ganization lts floor leader. Among
democratic senators mentioned for the
succession are Saulsbury of Delaware.
Martin of Virginia, -Walsh of Montana
and Underwood of Alabama.
The situation in the house is so in-
definite that it is impossible to declare
whether the democrats will maintain
control. If they do, it is certain to
be by a greatly reduced margin and
one that will scarcely give a good
working majority. In fact, unless
democratic gains are made in the dis-
tricts yet undecided, independent mi-
nority members might seriously inter-
fere with the re-election of Speaker
Clark and the organization of import-
Republican leaders are still hopeful
of controlling the house. If they suc-
ceed. Minority Leader Mann will be-
their candidate for speaker and Repre-
sentative Fordney of Michigan will be-
come the majority leader and chair-
man of the ways and means commit-
tee, succeeding Representative Claude
Kltchin of North Carolina.
Repub’icans have made important
gains in Illinois and Wisconsin. One
of the democrats defeated in Illinois
is Buchanan, who is under indictment
for alleged conspiracy in connection
with labor’s peacq council which is in-
volved in charges of attempts to re-
train trade in munitions.
Other Illinois democrats defeated
are Tavener and Stone. In Indiana
Cullop, Cline and Gray lost tl\eir seats.
Konop and Burke of Wisconsin. Tag-
gar of Kansas, Riordan and Driscoll of
New York and Casey of Pennsylvania
V.ere other democrats— who lost.
Among well known republicans de-
feated are Bennett of New York, Hap-
good and Matthews of Ohio and Rob-
erts of Massachusetts.
Negroes Under Arrest.
St. Louis.—Ono hundred and fifty
negroes were arrested here for al-
gemappholU__FHyk shrdl shrdlshrdln
leged attempts to vote illegally.
Bonds were ready when the negroes
were brought into court and they were
The republican leaders charged that
the arrests were part of a plan to In-
timidate negro voters. The democratic
leaders, however, contended that many
negro ex convicts were attempting to
vote and in many of the prtcincts
challengers with long lists of names
questioned the right of dozens of ne-
groes to vote.
Democrats $200,000 in “Hole.”
New York.—Henry Morgenthau, fi-
nancial chairman committee for the
democrats, said the campaign had cost
the party $1,850,000 and that there
was a deficit of $200,000. This amount
he was confident, would be raised and
all obligations discharged, regardless
of how the election
HUGHES’ LEAD IS REDUCED FROM
15,000 TO 3,000 IN THAT
RECOUNT IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
No Charge of Fraud, But Both Sides
Declare Their Candidate
Indianapolis.^—Although' Hughes is
ladelng by more than 8,000 with only
382 of the 3,143 pecincts in the rstate
unaccounted for, the democratic state
headquarters refused to concede a vic-
tory to the republicans, the candidate
for governor and United States senat-
or with a smaller number of precincts
reported showed larger pluralities
than did the presidential candidate.
According to unofficial returns,
Hughes has been in the lead in In-
diana ever since the tabulation of the
vote started, but his lead once ranging
around 15,000 has dwindled to a little
more than 8.000.
Congressional returns indicate that
the republicans probably have eight
representatives in the lower house and
the democrats three with the contest
undecided in the first and eleventh dls
The prohibitionists and socialists
vote with complete returns from twen-
ty-three of the .ninety-two counties in
the state was not so large as was ex-
pected. Both the prohibitionist and
socialist candidates for governor
polled larger votes than did Hanly and
Benson. The progressive vote was
Contest in New Hampshire.
Concord.—A recount of the votes for
presidential electors in New Hamp-
shire will be demanded by the demo-
cratic state committee.
The national committee has guar-
anteed expense* of the recount aside
from those which regularly would fall
on the state. As far as known no
charge of fraud has been made.
Complete returns announced by Sec-
retary of State Bean give Hughes a
plurality of 161, the smallest plurality
ever returned in a presidential contest.
George E, Ferrand, chairman of the
democratic state committee, gave out
figures indicating a small plurality for
Wilson. Chairman Ferrand’g state-
ment said that with thirteen small
towns missing Wtlyson had 42,464
votes; Hughes, 42,326.
Newspaper figures with two small
towns in the White mountains missing
give Hughes a lead of 524.
democrats and William R. Wilcox for
the republicans, professed confidence
in the outcome. The former waa
somewhat more explicit in his claims*
but the latter declared after dining
with Charles E. Hughes that he agreed
with them that the republicans had.
Mr. McCormick announced that he
had sent telegrams to state and county
chairmen in' doubtful states directing
them to keep careful guard over the
ballot boxes and their contents.
The possibility of an official count,
being necessary in states where the
margin of apparent victory for one
presidential 'candidate or the other Is
slight, was dja^ussed at both head-
quarters. It was pointed out that if
the house of * representatives became
the court of last resort In the election
of a president the present house and
not the one elected yesterday could slL
in Judgment. No formal statements
on the subject of a recount were made
by either side, however.
Too Much $1.75 Wheat, Kansas Avers.
Topeka.—Charles H. Sessions, re-
publican state chairman, made the fol-
“We appealed especially for help
for Hughes and the congressmen, but
$1.75 wheat, ‘he kept us out of war,’'
and the Adamson law made Is impossi-
ble for us to stem the ttdo."
Chairman Hubert Lardner of the
democratic state committee, said:*
“It was a great victory. The result
'0& greater than we expected and was
due to a systematic, energetio cam-
paign. The voters of Kansas—men
and women—are to be congratulated.”-
Wilson Confident of Re-election.
Long Branch, N. J.—Confident that
he had been re-elected, President Wil-
son read returns from Minnesota*
California, New Mexico, Oregon and
New Hampshire closely because of as-
surances from his campaign managers
that the final outcome depended on
The president kept hi: tabulation ot
e'ectoral votes and checked it up care-
fully after each report from Secr»
tary Tumulty. He received a number
of messages from democratic .leaders
assuring him he had been re-elected.
President Wilson left here for Wll-
liamstown. Mass., where he attended
the Christening of the younger child
of Mrs. Francis B. Sayre, his daughter,
i From Williamstown he went will go
to Washington, arriving there Sunday
night. His plans for the interim be-
tween then and the opening of con-
gress in December have not been
Both Side* Watch Final Bulletin*.
New York.—Vigils are kept by anx-
ious watchers at headquarters of both
the democratic and republican na-
Great Britain Is Excited.
London.—Presidential election in
the states excited Intense interest
throughout London. The morning
newspapers announced that Charles
E. Hughes had been elected beyond
doubt and this was taken for granted
until the tickers and the early even-
ing newspapers showed that the issu®
was in doubt. From that time for-
ward excited groups assembled in th«
clubs and hotels scanning the later
returns. The American embassy was
fceselged for news, many requests
coming from British officials.
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