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The nonpartisan leader. [volume] (Fargo, N.D.) 1915-1921, July 19, 1920, Image 4

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ORTH. DAKOTA'S overwhelming vote
for the Nonpartisan league ticket in
the most desperately fought campaign
ever conducted in the six years' history
of the organization in that: state asgli
sures the farmers and workers of ful-*
fillment of their program of industrial democracy
and true justice, for which they have fought a quar
ter of a century. Outstanding features of the.,
sweeping victory are:
third term.
Assurance of complete control of the indus
commission, which will supervise and
££Cte#operate the new state industries, by the true
V: ^friends of the farmers and workers.
Unanimous approval of .the League program
the entire electorate of the state.
^Nfj| Elimination of the traitors, Langer and
v^sitzky, from the state government.
Extermination of the Democratic
^.^tparty, the punishment brought on by
isjrfits own members who listened: to the
:rgt'' swan song of the opposition and were
z^Jenticed into the Republican primaries
i^to vote ^against the League. The party"
^/failed to poll the required number ofo^
"Votes to continue on the ballot. sfl
By placing Langer in the field against
Frazier, the opposition virtually admitted
that the League .ticket could not be de
feated on its merits and on the merits of
its program. So- the traitor Langer, the
bogus Leaguer, the man who pretended to
be a firm believer in the-League program
but against the "details" as laid down in
the laws passed by the state legislature,
was put into the race in the hope that he
could, by silver-tongue oratory, sway
enough League sympathizers and believers
in the League program away from Frazier
to bring Langer victory.
Had Langer beaten Frazier, the anti
League politicians would have supported
the Democratic candidate in the fall, had
the Democrats been able to retain their
place on the ballot. The Democratic can
didate was named by the League opposi
tion and is an out-and-out opponent of the
League program. He had no contest in tha
Democratic primariesr^'%t,%,!^St'-e'^'
Thus, with Frazier, the genuine, and
Langer, the bogus Leaguer, both standing
for the program, the vote virtually was a
..unanimous approval of the "New Day"
plans: Of course enemies of the League
program voted for Langer, but the fact
stands out that indorsement of Laager is
an admission that the enemies of the pro
gram are in the helpless minority.
This was the first time the opposition
hac attempted to kill the League by "bor
ing from within," and the decisive repu
diation of such tactics by the voters ^prob
ably will make it the last attempt.
Langer, as one of the three members of
the state industrial commission, which is
charged with the supervision and opera
tion-of the new flour mill, terminal elevator, Bank
of North Dakota and other new
industries of the state, was a
stumbling block. While pre
tending to be for. the program,
but against the "details," his
presence on the commission
was a hindrance. His defeat
for the nomination for." gover
nor and the nomination of Wil
liam Lemke, Leaguer, to suc
ceed Langer as attorney gen
eral assures, the elimination oi
all opposition on the-industrial
commission the first of the
coming year. The new commis­
Junes H. Sinclair,
League congressman,
sion will be composed of Lem
ke, Governor Frazier and Com-.
missioner Hagan of the depaifc-..
Nomination of Governor Lynn J. Frazier for would be ahead when official returns are compiled.'
North Dakota's Triumphant Victory
Frazier Renominated for Third Term, Ladd as Senator, With Legislature and
Industrial Commission Retained for the People—Traitors Eliminated
ment. of agriculture and labor, all friends of the'
The repudiation of Carl Rositzky, state auditor,-*
for his betrayal of the farmers, and the nomination
of D. C. Poindexter, Leaguer, is a distinct victory
in itself for the movement. Whether or not Tom
Hall, the traitor secretary of state, has been elimi-"v:
nated is uncertain as this is written, although
League headquarters in Fargo expressed confidence^'
that Hall's opponent, Senator J. I. Cahill, Leaguer,-
S?&$ The race is close.
The result in the second congressional district^
also was undetermined as this was written. Con- North Dakota without party
gressman Young and Thomas Pendray, Leaguer,
were running close. League headquarters claims
Pendray's nomination. Miss Ruth Johnson, League
candidate, is nominated for state superintendent of.'
public instruction, and Seth Richardson is nominate
North Dakota now has a 100 per cent loyal
industrial commission in the offing, the body
which will supervise the construction and
operation of the new mill and elevator at
Grand Forks, and the operation of the Bank
of North Dakota, the home builders' law and
the remainder of the League program au
thorized by the last farmers' legislatures,
John N. Hagan, renominated as commis
sioner of agriculture and lator, is shown at
the left Lynn J. Frazier, nominated for his
third term by the organized farmers, is at
the right. Below is William Lemke, whose
battle for the farmers through courts all
over the United States has brought him a
reward in-the form of nomination for attor*
ney general. If elected,- these three will
comprise the Hew industrial commission.
Governor Frazier, Mr. Hagan and the traitor Langer are' the present
members. Langer has been eliminated by the voters.
ed by the League to oppose Supreme Court Justice
Christiansen, anti-Leaguer. Congressman Baer,
Leaguer, whose district includes the hostile cities of
"Grand Forks land Fargo, was defeated by a small
majority by a Jerry Bacon protege, O. B. Burtness.
AH other state officers are nominated by the
League by decisive majorities.
The nomination of Doctor E. F. Ladd, head of
the state agricultural school and long a champion
of farmers' rights to succeed Senator Gronna is one
of the biggest features of -the League victory.
Gronna conducted a bitter campaign, but was de
feated by approximately 10,000 votes, according to
^partial unofficial returns.
The nomination of Doctor Ladd, which carries an
assurance of election, will give the League its first
representative in the United States senate. Here
tofore enemies of the League have been able to at
tack it unchaUenged in the United States senate, and
the farmers have had no real
champion in that body to re
ply to these attacks and to
fight for their legislation in
the upper branch of congress.
The North- Dakota legisla
ture again will be in the
hands of the people, the
nominations being decisive
for League candidates in
practically all counties. For
the first time, legislative can
didates are on the ballot in
D. C. Poindaxtcr. norni-v
•find to nxuxed the
../traitor Kmftaky
'••as* state auditor.
designation, as in Minnesota.
Previously candidates ran on
party tickets. Early tabula
tions assured the League ma
jorities in both house and senate, {toward R. Wood|&
Leaguer, was renominated for lieutenant^,
governor by a big majority, R. H. Walker^
Leaguer, is nominated for treasurer, anct|fe|
Frank Milhollan, C. F. Dupuis and C.
McDonnell, Leaguers, for railroad commis
sioners. S. A. Olsness, Leaguer, has beens^f
renominated for commissioner of insiit-Kl:
ance, also by a big majority. •'.• V|
The V. A., which directed-the opposi
__tion campaign, destroyed-the Democratic
pairty in this election. There was no oppo
sion to the candidacy of J. F. T. O'Connor,
anti-Leaguer, on the Democratic ballot, and
so the I. V. A. urged anti-League Demo
crats to vote for Langer on the Republican
ballot. The result was that the Democrat®?^
ic paijty failed to-poll the necessary 25
per cent of its last general election vote,
which was 36,733. Instead of polling the
necessary 9,184 votes to keep the Demoi^
cratic party in existence, O'Connor receives?
ed probably 2,500 or thereabouts. "Thus,*4^|
it will bejneeessary for O'Connor or some^ J3
other anti-League candidate to file by peti«|S
tion as an independent, if the opposition iij
to make any campaign against Frazier iii
the general election All other Democratic
nominees must do'likewise, as they can not
run as Democrats. There is only one party:
in North Dakota now and that is the Re^^
publican party.
pi' The following table shows the increase
in the Leiague total vote:
$$ 1918 (primary) 54,362
1918 (general election)
The uflofficial retaurns from 1,918 out of 2,064 preS?,^
cincts in the state give Frazier 56,481 and Langer
51,278. Virtually all of the remaining 146 pre
cincts are in pure League territory, where Frazier
will: show an overwhelming lead. His total majors^,
ity is expected to exceed 7,000 votes. 8*$^
With about oAe-third ^f the vote counted, Doctor
Xadd's nomination was certain. He was leading
by more than 2,000 votes, and it is estimated that the
later returns which are from strong League terri
^ory, will put his majority al)vut 10,000 over Gronna?
Governor Frazier, in his after-election statement,
declared the vote Was not a personal tribute as
much as it was a demand of .Jt^e majority for the^
League program.
^certainly appreciate the majority given this
1919 (referendum) 69,364
ri^l920 (primary) j. 60,500
This shows how the League in North
Dakota has constantly added to its total,
vote in North Dakota. The League cast its
biggest total vote in its experience in.
North Dakota at the recent primary,, as
shpwn above, with the .exception of the
general election in 1916. In that year,
after the League victory in the primaries,
the regular Republicans accepted Frazier
as the Republican nominee and made n$
fight on him in the fall election, which acfft
counted for the big League majority in th#
1916 election. Since then, howeyer, the opposition
after Frazier captures the Republican primaries,
goes to the Democratic candidate in the fall.

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