Recap of the Primary Campaign
The winner of the Republican presidential primaries of 1928 was Herbert C. Hoover, who gained fame from his relief efforts after the Mississippi River flooding in 1927. In the primaries, he won 50% of the vote, compared to Frank O. Lowden with 32% and no more than 6% for any other contender. Lowden's high vote total was tempered by the fact that 91% of it came from his home state's primary.
The New York Times reported on 6/3/1928 that all delegates had been selected; Hoover led with 531 to 273 for Lowden, 46 for Charles Curtis, and 33 for George W. Norris. A majority, or 545, votes were needed for nomination.
Hoover's huge lead, the result of no other candidate waging a nationwide campaign for delegates, did not deter his opposition. Opponents of President Coolidge were divided among VP Charles G. Dawes, Frank Lowden and George W. Norris, with most of this opposition coming from the western agrarian interests. Northeastern business interests led by Andrew W. Mellon remained committed to a re-nomination of Coolidge up to convention time.
The National Convention
The 19th Republican National Convention assembled in the Civic Auditorium in Kansas City MO. The number of delegates had been reduced slightly from 1,109 (1924) to 1,089.
Temporary Chairman and Keynote Speaker: U.S. Senator [More...]