Politics as usual
With the July 27, primary election quickly approaching, campaign signs have blossomed and some of the candidates are beginning to badmouth one another’s records. If we go back 100 years ago, we find that politics haven’t changed a great deal.
William H. “Alfalfa Bill” Murray, Lee Cruce and L.P. Ross were the Democratic candidates for governor.
Ross was a poor third and the race was between Murray and Cruce.
Bill Murray accused the election board of favoritism towards Cruce and attacked the three-man board, vociferously in speeches and in letters. He, however, provided no proof. He attacked Gov. Charles Haskell when he did not endorse him.
Letters were fired back and forth, and editorials were written.
This article, published Aug. 1, 1910, in The Oklahoman, gives a good description of the race:
“A campaign fraught with significant incidents is nearing its close. On the last day before the battle of the ballots….democratic voters of the state are giving serious consideration to only two candidates, Lee Cruce and Bill Murray.”
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