"Nearing the End of the Primaries"

Clifford K. BerrymanMay 3, 1920

U.S. National Archives

U.S. National Archives
United States

This cartoon concerns the 1920 Republican Presidential nomination. In 1920, when the primary process was still new, it did not produce a clear winner for the Republican Party. As the Republican convention neared, there was no front-runner for the Grand Old Party Presidential nomination. This cartoon shows the frazzled Republican elephant surrounded by conflicting newspaper headlines while the Democratic donkey makes pressing inquiries. In June, a month after this cartoon was published, the Republican Convention in Chicago deadlocked. After numerous meetings and allegedly secret discussions held in the smoke-filled rooms of the Blackstone Hotel, Senator Warren G. Harding emerged victorious and went on to win handily the 1920 Presidential election.


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