The Gathering Storm, Redux - Mini-Game: 1940 DEM Primary

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Question: Which candidates do you favor for the 1940 Democratic nomination?
Governor Joseph P. Kennedy (D-MA)
Former President John Nance Garner (D-TX)
Senator Huey Long (D-LA)
Former Secretary Henry Wallace (D-ND)
Senator Alben Barkley (D-KY)
Governor Upton Sinclair (D-CA)
Businessman Wendell Wilkie (D-NY)
Senator Cordell Hull (D-TN)
Senator Harry F. Byrd (D-VA)
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« on: April 24, 2023, 11:27:20 PM »


You will be able to vote during the next three days for up to three Democratic candidates. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will go to the "Convention", and are then chosen by dice roll, allowing you to eliminate six out of the present choices.

Nominee will be announced on the mid-turn. To account for changes in their careers due to the game events, here are brief outlines:

Joseph P. Kennedy
   Governor of Massachusetts, co-Chair of America First, former Secretary of War. Kennedy is standing up to lead the isolationist wing of the party, as an economic conservative, and as a representative of the party's business interests. He also seeks to become the first Catholic President.

John Nance Garner
   Former Speaker, Vice President, and President (36'-37') after FDR's impeachment. Hugely popular with Southern Conservatives, Garner seeks to embody the conservative wing of the party, while standing on a somewhat less isolationist note (seeking to aid anti-communist nations) than Kennedy and Long.

Huey P. Long
   Senator and former Governor of Louisiana, the bombastic Long is master of the state, running under the argument that Wallace "stole" the nomination from him in 1936. Long stands as an economic progressive, promoting his "Share the Wealth" agenda, and as a committed isolationist.

Henry A. Wallace
   Cabinet member under FDR and 1936 nominee, Wallace is running again to uphold the banner of the ailing New Deal, seeking to preserve and expand FDR's legacy while adopting a firmly internationalist (pro-Britain and pro-France). Wallace also seeks to represent the party's farmer interests.

Alben D. Barkley
   Senator from Kentucky, Barkley is running as a representative of the party's diminished labor wing, and aims to bridge the current divide with a populist campaign that, nonetheless, dissociates itself from Huey Long's methods. Barkley has also committed to a vague, "pragmatic" stance on foreign policy.

Upton Sinclair
   The recently re-elected Governor of California and bete noire of Hollywood, Sinclair is a committed pacifist and avowed socialist that seeks to push the Democratic Party leftwards, further beyond than FDR and Long. Though a non-interventionist, Sinclair has made his anti-communist views plain.

Wendell Willkie
   Successful businessman and public servant during the FDR administration, the inexperienced Willkie has started a bid through the media, seeking to take up the internationalist banner against a "careless" President Borah. Willkie also stands for a moderate and liberal economic policy.

Cordell Hull
   Senator from Tennessee and former Secretary of State, Hull emerged unscathed from the Justo-Roosevelt affair, and is expected to battle Wallace for the mantle of being the heir to Roosevelt's old faction. Taking on a progressive economic stance - if less so than Wallace, Hull is urging the party to embrace support for the Entente against Germany.

Harry F. Byrd
   Senator from Virginia, Byrd will battle Garner for the Southern conservative wing of the party. Deeply conservative in economic terms, Byrd will seek to promote states rights, opposition to civil rights measures, and - unlike Garner - an internationalist agenda.
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2023, 11:37:22 PM »

Given I'm basically voting for the three Democrats I would be most interested in playing should there be a U.S Game Over in 1940...

Hull, Wilkie, and Garner in that order.
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2023, 04:15:23 PM »

Eight hours left.

(Willkie, Sinclair and Kennedy on the lead)
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