As the final days of the 1916 presidential campaign drew to a close, Maryland’s Republican Party convened its final meeting of the year in Baltimore.
The party was in desperate need of momentum, with its hopes of toppling Democrat Ulysses S. Grant in the 2020 election hanging by a thread.
The 1912 election, which President Woodrow Wilson won handily, had set the stage for a historic moment, with the first black president in American history elected to the White House.
But this election was also marked by controversy, as the newly-minted president was forced to step down for alleged mismanagement of the war effort.
With President Wilson still in office, the party’s members were united in their desire to push forward with the election.
In fact, a month after the election, the National Archives released a newly-rediscovered document that documented the 1912 election results.
It was a historic document, one that showed a record turnout for Democrats and the party that had come to power in the wake of the election was widely perceived to be the establishment candidate.
The document, titled “The Results of Election for President of the United States of America 1912,” was produced by the American Institute of American History and was published in October 1912, a full year before the election in which Grant was ultimately reelected.
As the election unfolded, President Wilson received a majority of the votes and the Republican Party took control of the House and Senate.
The next few months were marked by tension between the two factions.
On October 25, the Maryland legislature convened to decide whether to hold a special election to fill the seat of the late President Woodfield.
The two competing camps met to debate a resolution on the merits of the candidates and the best way to handle the election results as the House debated the resolution.
The debate spilled into the halls of the Capitol and led to the resignation of President Wilson and the expulsion of several members of the Republican-controlled House.
This incident led to a tense standoff that left the country in the midst of a political and social upheaval.
The aftermath of the 1913 Maryland election saw the first recorded lynching in American political history, when a mob in Baltimore brutally attacked a man for speaking out against the war.
It also marked the beginning of a national political movement known as the “Bloody Sunday” of the 1920s.
Throughout the decades following the 1916 election, members of both the Democratic and Republican parties would publicly condemn the election as an illegitimate election, and many observers believed the result was a foregone conclusion.
As a result, the political parties would eventually agree to a system of primaries, which allowed candidates to appear on the ballot in multiple states at once and provide voters with an opportunity to cast their votes.
This year, the Democratic-controlled Congress and the Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, have promised to hold primaries nationwide, and the 2016 Democratic National Convention, which was held in Philadelphia, has pledged to follow suit.
The primary process has been an issue for Sanders during the campaign.
In the weeks leading up to the election that year, he frequently decried the system, saying that the primary system had not worked and that the Democrats needed to change it.
He has also argued that, while the Republican primary system was flawed, he believes the primary process is far more transparent.
“You are voting for the candidates you support.
You are not voting for your candidate, your party, your president,” Sanders told supporters at a campaign rally in Iowa in February of 2020.
“It’s a process that has been in place for a long time.”
A New York Times editorial on the 1912 presidential election, published on April 26, 1912, criticized the system as a system that disenfranchised voters.
The editorial, titled The 1912 Election: The Results, by George H. W. Bush, argued that the electoral process is “a terrible one for democracy,” and said that the results of the vote were not in doubt.
“The real loser in this election is not the man who won, but the democratic party that failed to nominate him, and that now wants to take away the right of the people to choose their own leaders,” the editorial read.
The New York Tribune published a similar editorial on April 5, 1912.
In a column that was published shortly after the Tribune editorial, the editorial board of the Tribune wrote, “This election has demonstrated once again that the election is in a hopeless struggle for the soul of the republic.”
It was, the paper said, a “disaster” for democracy and a “tragedy” for the country.
The Tribune editorial also slammed the Democratic party, arguing that the party had not done enough to fight for civil rights.
“If the Democrats had any decency at all, they would have done something to save the American republic,” the editor wrote.
“There was not one single Democratic party official, and we have seen a record number of Democrats arrested in the last three years for fighting for