A Mixed Bag of Candidates.
At the beginning of 1948, polls showed Dewey in the lead for the Republican nomination, but he was closely followed by Harold Stassen, Robert A. Taft, Arthur Vandenberg, Douglas MacArthur, and Earl Warren. Stassen was popular with the voters; Taft was believed to be incapable of defeating Truman; Warren was not widely known outside of his home state of California; MacArthur was out of the country, serving as commander of the Allied occupation forces in Japan. The battle in the primaries seesawed between Dewey and Stassen. As the Republican convention drew near, Dewey was more than ten percentage points farther ahead of Truman than Stassen, while Taft had strong support from the party leadership. When the Republicans met in Philadelphia in June, they appealed to the South by taking a call for a permanent Fair Employment Practices Commission out of the platform. The efficiency of the Dewey organization and...
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