Putting the lit in politics. Fmr @AndyBeshearKY. “A mix of country and smart” CHHS 22. Proud Kentuckian, repentant Catholic, and bleeding heart liberal. He/him.
Apr 3, 2021 • 7 tweets • 4 min read
In 1956, Dwight Eisenhower broke Kentucky's nearly 30 year streak of voting Democratic in Presidential elections. Ike made large gains from his '52 showing in coal country and central KY. Ike's coattails flipped both senate seats, defeating majority whip Earle Clements.
Ike's surprisingly large win in KY was aided by Democratic infighting between new Governor Happy Chandler and Senator Earle Clements. Chandler contributed little to the party's efforts as his longtime rival, Clements, and a Clements ally were the two nominees for US Senate.