September 7, 1936

Since the assassination of the "Kingfish," Huey Long, some Americans have been searching for a successor who can challenge the New Deal as effectively as Long did. In a Senate election in the upcoming week, Georgians had a chance to do this by electing Governor Eugene ("Our Gene") Talmadge. The election was of national interest because of his opposition to President Roosevelt's legislation. Talmadge views the New Deal as "[extravagant and paternalistic]" and was able to achieve results in cutting spending and deficits for Georgia without such legislation during his term.