May 18, 1936

Alfred M. Landon, governor of Kansas, was the "likeliest GOPossibility" throughout 1936. His stature as a candidate was largely propelled by William Randolph Hearst, who was searching for a man with potential to oust Franklin Roosevelt from the White House. California voters protested against this by voting against Landon in response to the New York Democrat Hearst trying to control Californian Republicans via Landon. After voicing his opinions on the radio, many were confident he could rise to the challenge of the presidency.