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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 18, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 7

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ILLINOIS FOR WILSON, SAY G. O. P. LEADERS
CLAIM VICTORY FOR STATE TICKET
BY GILSON GARDNER
That Illinois would go for Wilson
if the election were held today is
frankly admitted by the Republican
SP campaign. At the same time they
claim the state for the Republican
state ticket and express a hope that
the coming three weeks may turn
the tide of sentim'ent to Hughes.
To tell the truth, I was amazed at
this open admission at Republican
state, headquarters. I would not
have had the courage to claim Illi
nois for Wilson. There are too many
influences at work on the Republican
side and too great a normal Repub
lican majority to be overcome. But
when the Republican managers
themselves tell me it will go for Wil
son I can do nothing but accept their
judgment.
The state and national campaign
are being handled separately. The
state headquarters are in the Great
Northern hotel, while the national
headquarters are In the Conway
building. At national headquarters
western chairman Tobe Hert is still
claiming Illinois and a hundred su
perfluous votes in the electoral col
lege for Hughes.
The truth is Hughes has been
thrown overboard by the state man
agers in the hope that by so lighten
ing the- ship its crew may get to
shore.
The state ticket is headed by
Prank 0. Lowden, formerly con-
I gressman from one of the central
districts of the state, and has on it
W Medill McCormick, the first Bull
P Mnnser tn Hp-hanlr -ntn tb "nnrtv
of his fathers." He should have said
father-in-law. Mrs. McCormick is a
daughter of Mark Hanna, while Mc
cormick's mother was a daughter of
Joseph Medill of the Chicago Tri
bune. The Hanna estate and the
Tribune estate are helping defray the
expenses of the state campaign,
while the Pullman palace car estate
Lowden married one of the three
Pullman daughters is likewise help
ing to underwrite the state activities.
It's a fine, rich, strong, disinter
ested campaign, and now that Can
didate C. E. Hughes, has been sewed
up in a bag and fed to the whale,
there is a right good prospect that
"Colonel" (by courtesy) Lowden will
be elected governor by a hundred
(more or less) thousand majority,
and that Medill McCormick, perhaps,
may come to Washington to render
disinterested service for the party of
Lincoln, Hanna and Penrose.
The women of Illinois, it seems,
are going to elect Wilson. Inciden
tally, Mrs. McCormick claims much
credit for getting for the Illinois
women the right to vote a right
which does not extend to the 'state
ticket and members of congress. Now
the women by the first exercise of
that privilege may elect a Democrat
ic president, and, if they are not
careful-, to keep their pacifism away
from their husbands, brothers and
sons, may defeat her husband for
congress.
Approximately a million Illinois
women are to cast their votes for the
first time for presidential electors. A
few early canvasses showed these
women were almost overwhelmingly
for Wilson, because "he kept the
country out of war." This tremen
dous vote, plus the male pacifists,
plus the commercially content, plus
the disgruntled Progressives, plus
the railroad employes, plus the or
ganized labor vote, plus the social
worker vote, plus the anti-hyphen
vote, plus the Jewish vote, plus the
semi-radical vote, plus the anti-machine
vote, plus the anti-Wall street
vote, and so-forth and so-forth, made
it quite evident that Wilson would
get the electoral vote of Illinois.
The normal Republican majority
in Illinois is very large. The com-
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