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Campaigning at Case: Presidential Elections, 1892-2008
1924: “Fighting Bob” LaFollette and “Silent Cal” Coolidge

"Our opponents will receive a crushing defeat. As the cause of the people has always triumphed in the past, so will it be victorious in the present crisis of our country's history." The prediction of G.M. DeMarinis, executive secretary of WRU’s LaFollette supporters, proved correct. Adelbert College students backed Progressive Party candidate Robert LaFollette with 196 votes to Republican Calvin Coolidge’s 129 and Democrat John W. Davis’ 35. A poll of 30 faculty had Coolidge the victor with 15 votes to Davis’ 8 and LaFollette’s 7.

The ballot used in the straw poll at WRU.
This image from the Reserve Weekly reveals the winner of the WRU straw vote, Robert LaFollette.
Senator Theodore E. Burton, Judge Pierre White, and State Senator Maud C. Waite visited the WRU campus through the efforts of the Reserve Republican Club.

Ohio Popular Vote
National Popular Vote
Electoral Vote
Calvin Coolidge (R) 1,176,130 (58.3%)
John W. Davis (D) 477,888 (23.7%)
Robert LaFollette (Progressive) 358,008 (17.8%)
Frank T. Johns (Socialist Labor) 3,025 (.2%)
William J. Wallace (Commonwealth Land) 1,246 (.1%)
Calvin Coolidge (R) 15,717,553 (54.06%)
John W. Davis (D) 8,386,169 (28.84%)
Robert LaFollette (Progressive) 4,814,050 (16.56%)
Herman P. Faris (Prohibition) 54,833 (.19%)
Frank T. Johns (Socialist Labor) 28,368 (.1%)
Calvin Coolidge (R) 382
John W. Davis (D) 136
Robert LaFollette (Progressive) 13

Information was compiled by staff of the Case Western Reserve University Archives, September 2004.