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Attempt at taking over the Texas Democratic Party
The Texas Regulars tried to gain control of the state nominating convention and select a slate of presidential electors who would not vote for Roosevelt. The group's supporters included US Representative Martin Dies Jr., former Texas governor Dan Moody, and Senator W. Lee O'Daniel.
The Texas Regulars won the first convention, but lost the second convention.
This defeat led them to form their own ticket of unpledged electors, not bound to any candidate. On election day, they finished third both in Texas and in the national popular vote, with 135,439 votes (0.3% of the vote nationally, and 11.8% of the vote in Texas). They won a majority in only Washington County, Texas.
Roosevelt easily carried Texas with 71.4% of the statewide vote, and won national re-election with 432 of 531 Electoral Votes.
- Restoration of the Democratic Party to the integrity which has been taken away by Hillman, Browder, and others.
- Protection of honest labor unions from foreign-born racketeers who have gained control by blackmail.
- Return of state rights which have been destroyed by the Communist-controlled New Deal.
- Restoration of the freedom of education.
- Restoration of the supremacy of the white race, which has been destroyed by the Communist-controlled New Deal.
- Restoration of the Bill of Rights instead of rule by regimentation.
- Restoration of government by laws instead of government by bureaus.
- Restoration of the individual appeal for justice, instead of a politically appointed bureau.
They later became "Eisenhower Democrats" (or unpledged electors supporters) in the 1950s, before becoming Republicans in the 1960s and 1970s.
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- 1944 United States presidential election#Results
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