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The impressive gains of the Democrats in the 1932 and 1934 elections made it difficult for the Republicans to find a viable candidate. Frank Lowden, a former governor of Illinois, was promoted by those who wished to see a moderately liberal probusiness candidate. Lowden, a contestant for the Republican presidential nomination in 1920, was in his seventies and declined to run. Sen. Arthur Vandenberg of Michigan, with aspirations focused on the 1940 presidential election, also refused. Sen. William E. Borah of Idaho was a possibility early on, but he was opposed by party conservatives, and his chances dwindled. Frank Knox, publisher of the Chicago Daily News, was also a contender for the nomination, but it was the middle-ofthe- road governor of Kansas, Alfred M. "Alf" Landon, who quickly became the front-runner. As the only Republican governor elected in the Democratic landslide of 1934, Landon, poised and with a proven...

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