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  IS THE FIGHT SO BITTER BECAUSE THE STAKES ARE SO SMALL?
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Last EditedPicimpalious  Dec 04, 2003 07:00pm
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News DateThursday, December 4, 2003 08:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe historic -- but politically insignificant -- Prohibition Party appears to be torn in a bitter power struggle. America's oldest third party -- which hit its peak nearly a century ago with its move to make alcohol illegal -- has been reduced to just a handful of aging morality activists. The two opposing leaders: five-time party Presidential nominee Earl Dodge and new National Chair Don Webb. Dodge spent 28 years as Prohibition National Chairman before being dumped in September. "[We] fired him as Chairman and repudiated his selection as [our 2004] Presidential candidate," explained National Secretary James Hedges. Dodge only earned 208 votes in the 2000 race -- the worst ever in Prohibition history. Dodge was nominated for President at a July "convention" -- which consisted of eight people (mainly Dodge relatives) meeting in the living room of Dodge's home. The Webb "reform faction" have now demoted the Dodge-Lydick ticket to that status of being the party's "provisional" nominees. Dodge doesn't recognize the change and maintains he is the 2004 nominee. All of these amusing fights are largely a matter of semantics, as Dodge will continue to run as the party's nominee and the party will back him if he secures ballot status in some states. If Dodge doesn't gain ballot status, the party vows to hold a new nominating convention in Spring 2004 to possibly pick a new nominee. However, all of this in-fighting could result in the party being without a Presidential nominee on the ballot for the first time since 1872.
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