Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns, and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman

The Homestretch

These cartoons, printed during the final days and weeks of various campaigns, capture the frantic candidates as Election Day fast approaches. Berryman shows the underlying angst the candidates feel as the campaigns draw to a close.

"How They’re Acting––and How They Feel" November 5, 1912
This cartoon shows the three Presidential candidates on the eve of the contentious 1912 election: former President Theodore Roosevelt for the Progressive (Bull Moose) Party, Woodrow Wilson for the Democratic Party, and incumbent President William Howard Taft for the Republican Party. The cartoon reveals the anxiety underneath the confident public persona each candidate projects.

"What’s the Use of Going Through with the Election?" October 19, 1948
President Harry S. Truman, the Democratic Presidential nominee in the election of 1948, was widely forecast to lose by a large margin to Republican nominee Thomas E. Dewey. This cartoon shows the prevailing public opinion of the time, just days before the election took place. Despite several polls predicting a landslide victory for Dewey, Truman won the election, one of the biggest political upsets in U.S. history.

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