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  Progressives of Wisconsin Vote to Rejoin Republicans
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Oct 22, 2011 09:11pm
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News DateTuesday, March 19, 1946 02:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionPortage, Wis. -(U.P.)- Sen. Robert La Follette Monday led Wisconsin's Progressives into the Republican party, abandoning the independent organization his brother had tried to develop into a powerful party throughout the midwest.

Conservative Republicans warned, however, that they would oppose La Follette's campaign for renomination and reelection next fall.

The end of the third party movement in Wisconsin followed by several years the decline of Farmer-Labor activity in Minnesota and Iowa. La Follette's brother, former Governor Philip M. La Follette, organized the independent national Progressives in 1938 in the hope of united it with the Farmer-Laborites and the Dakota non-partisan groups for nationwide expansion.

He was not present at the party's official death here Sunday when the party delegates voted, 284 to 121, to rejoin the GOP.
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