The Man Hunt
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Harry J. Westerman
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, Roosevelt and his Progressives had to find supporters within both existing parties. Facing a divided Republican Party, the Democrats smelled victory for the first time in twenty years. Because of these factors, there was an intense effort to get voters during the 1912 campaign.
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