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Campaigning at Case: Presidential Elections, 1892-2008
1956: Fundraising

WRU’s Volunteers for Stevenson and Kefauver raised money to “keep Stevenson on TV” by collecting tax stamps, selling Stevenson buttons, and ringing doorbells on “D” (Dollars for Democracy) Day, October 16. At Case’s mock political convention state delegations were made up by Case student clubs, Lake Erie College students, and Case faculty and administration. Part of the proceedings were televised by Cleveland station KYW. A dance preceded the convention and Donna Felger, a secretary in the Admissions Office, was named Queen of the 1956 Case Mock Political Convention.

Enthusiastic delegates at Case's Mock Political Convention.
Mock Political Convention events and state delegation sponsors.
(Below) Case Alumnus coverage of the 9-hour Mock Political Convention. In a show of bi-partisanship remarkable at a Party convention, for several hours, Democratic Ohio Governor Frank B. Lausche led the balloting for Republican presidential nominee Dwight Eisenhower's running mate.
As usual at Case's Mock Political Convention, queens and floats were part of the festivities.
The Mock Political Convention was not the only student politicking at Case, as evidenced by the Case Differential coverage of Young Democrats and Young Republicans.

Ohio Popular Vote
National Popular Vote
Electoral Vote
Dwight D. Eisenhower (R) 2,262,610 (61.1%)
Adlai E. Stevenson (D) 1,439,655 (38.9%)
Dwight D. Eisenhower (R) 35,585,245 (57.37%)
Adlai E. Stevenson (D) 26,030,172 (41.97%)
T. Coleman Andrews (States’ Rights Party) 108,055 (.17%)
Eric Hass (Socialist Labor) 44,300 (.07%)
Dwight D. Eisenhower (R) 457
Adlai E. Stevenson (D) 73
Walter B. Jones 1

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