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Political Prospects In Michigan

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The question of who can curry Michigan this fall is certainly an in:eresting one. The day when any body could carry t, providing he bore the name republican,has passed. A study of the election returns of the past will prove this. The largest vote ever cast in Michigan was in 1884, when Blaine receiyed 192,669, the Cleveland and Butler electors 189,361. St. John 18,403 and the straight out Butler electors 753, a total oí 4oi,ic6. 1 his gave Blaine a plurality of only 3,308, which is certainly a narrow margin to over come. Has not the political changes in Michigan already overeóme this narrow republican margin. It must be patent to every one who is familiar with the state that the greatest change in population is in progresa in the upper península. Thither the tide of immigration has been setting. Of what political faith are the majority of the new corners in the upper península. We certainly have some figures on which we can base an estímate. In 1884, the upper península gave Blaine a ty oí 0,356; in iööd, jt gave Luce a plurality of 2,197; in '87, it gave Campbell a plurality of 790 over Griffin and Atchinson and in 1888, at the Congressional election the fusión ticket carried it, the republicans getting their majority for Seymour in the lower península counties. At every election since 1SS4, the republican majority in the upper península has been much less than in the preceding election until it was wiped out altogether. The personal popularity ofnooneman has done this, neither has chance. Evidently a majority of the new voters ofthe upper península are democrats and the republicans can no longer look for their old time majority f rom that section. In 1884, the fusionists carried the lowei península of Michigan by a plurality of 3,050. Is there any reason for supposing that they will cari y it by a less majority this fall ? We think not. The last state election was for judees and regents in the spring of 1887. There was no fusión in that year and henee no incentive for the democrats and greenbackers to get out a full vote. There is no question but what we will have fusión this year. ín spite of the discouraging conditions under which the ca-npaign of 1887 was fought, Griffin and Atchinson received 1,587 more votes in the state tliah did Campbell and had a plurality in the lovver península of 2,377. This vear with fusión and with a thorousdi organization, the plurality ought to be much larger. Certainly there is nu indication of a change of sentiment. These figures give promise of a fusión plurality in the state of 3,000 thjs year. It behooves all good democrats, to unite in an earnest effort to increase the vote of the party By a thorough organization. Let the votes of the Germán Americans, whom the republicans have alienated since 18S4, not be replaced in their ranks and let every democratie vote be out and we carry the state this fall by from 10,000 to 15, 000 plurality.


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