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Campaigning at Case: Presidential Elections, 1892-2008
1916: Straw Votes

Few of the undergraduate men and none of the women could vote for President. They expressed their preferences in a straw vote which saw 75% turnout. Democrat Woodrow Wilson was handily re-elected with 550 votes to Republican Charles E. Hughes’ 354.

The Equal Suffrage League at the College for Women was in its second year of existence.
The Republican Club and Woodrow Wilson Club were active on the WRU campus with speeches, a debate, and participation in a straw vote.
Case students formed a Republican Club. Paul Howland, ex-Congressman, addressed the students on November 1.
Woodrow Wilson was re-elected president in the straw vote at WRU.

Ohio Popular Vote
National Popular Vote
Electoral Vote
Woodrow Wilson (D) 604,161 (51.9%)
Charles E. Hughes (R) 514,753 (44.2%)
Allan L. Benson (Socialist) 38,092 (3.3%)
J. Frank Hanly (Prohibition) 8,085 (.7%)
Woodrow Wilson (D) 9,126,300 (49.24%)
Charles E. Hughes (R) 8,546,789 (46.11%)
Allan L. Benson (Socialist) 589,924 (3.18%)
J. Frank Hanly (Prohibition) 221,030 (1.19%)
Woodrow Wilson (D) 277
Charles E. Hughes (R) 254

Information was compiled by staff of the Case Western Reserve University Archives, September 2004.