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Charles Henry Sykes
The 1912 Presidential election was a three-way contest:
- WilliamHoward Taft, the incumbent president, represented the Republican Party,symbolized by the Elephant.
- WoodrowWilson, the reform governor of New Jerseyand former president of Princeton University, was theDemocratic candidate, symbolized by the Donkey.
- TheodoreRoosevelt, the former Republican president (1901-1909), ran on theProgressive Party ticket, symbolized by the Bull Moose.
As a third party, the Progressives under Roosevelt's leadership had to find supporters within both existing parties. Roosevelt also had to establish a political stance on all of the important issues, , but each decision he made alienated some segment of the voting population.
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