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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - June 6, 1912, Des Moines, Iowa Vol. Lv1i. No. 23. Lbs Moines Iota a Stine he Farmers of Iowa have successfully resisted the attempt of the Small clique of self serving politicians to thrust a candidate for governor upon them. By a majority approximating Lieut. Gov. George w. Clarke was victorious at Mon Day s primaries Over prof. P. G. Holden who had been heralded far and wide As the Farmer s candidate hut who was in fact put into the race by a half dozen men not one of whom is a Farmer. Professor Holden having waged a Campaign which has Seldom if Ever been equal de in personal vilification of the opposition and persistent misrepresentation of motives has gone Down in defeat. His defeat was due almost entirely to the Farmers vote although to is of interest to note in passing that in the principal City of the state where four of his five backers and the chief financial contributors to his Campaign live and where the two daily newspapers and the two agricultural papers which continuously endorsed and furthered his candidacy Are published he was Defeated by More than votes. It will thus be seen that the City Man joined with the Farmer in rebuking a most Brazen attempt to hoodwink the people with a candidate brought out to serve selfish interests but masqueraded As the Farmer s Choice running upon a platform adopted merely As a Campaign expediency. The rebuke is so decisive As to warrant that such an attempt to deceive the intelligent voters of Iowa and such a Campaign of person Al abuse and vilification will not soon be at tempted again in the great state of Iowa. In announcing the defeat of professor hol Den we have neither the wish nor the intention to add slightest to the disappoint ment and Chagrin which both professor hol Den and his Small clique of backers must naturally feel As a result of the primary. Much against our will we were obliged to play a More or less prominent part in the Campaign now closed. We believed that we would be derelict in the responsibility imposed upon us As an agricultural paper if we did not expose this attempt to impose upon the Farmer. We were in Possession of certain facts relating directly to the candidate and his Campaign and we had no alternative but to give our readers these facts leaving them to decide whether they were sufficient to prove the unfitness of the one and the unworthiness of the other. Even when the incentive to indulge in personalities was Strong because we found our motives impugned and our sincerity questioned we con concluded on Page 5. A Bountiful Iowa 111

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