Nov. 5, 1908 Chicago Tribune cartoon by John Tinney McCutcheon, "Standing Apart"

September 11, 2008 | 7:34 p.m. CDT
This cartoon reflects Missouri’s status as a “swing state” in the election of 1908. Officials took two days to count the votes, and Missouri ultimately supported the Republicans by less than 700 votes. William H. Taft won 347,203 votes (48.5 percent), while William J. Bryan received 346,574 (48.41 percent).
On the morning after the election, early results indicated that Missouri would vote Democratic. By midnight, the vote count had tightened, and in the second cartoon, northeastern Republicans and southern Democrats pull Missouri in opposing directions. This cartoon reflects the ultimate outcome of the election: Missouri stands with the Republicans.

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