Governor Herbert H. Lehman yesterday found himself swept back into office by a vote well over the 2,000,000 mark, which represented a plurality of more than 800,000 over his Republican opponent, Robert Moses.
The Lehman victory, hailed as an impressive triumph for the New Deal and President Roosevelt in this state, also was characterized as overwhelming evidence of the Governor’s personal popularity and of the public’s confidence in his integrity and competence in office.
Moses accepted his defeat in good spirits and returned to his desk as Park Commissioner yesterday morning, prepared to forget the rigors of his intensive campaign to carry on the work which has won him wide, non-partisan acclaim.
Voters dealt a stunning blow to racial discrimination when they almost completely ignored the write-in appeal of John F. Hylan, Nazi-backed aspirant to the Governorship who had received the endorsement of such men as Louis Zahne, chairman of the German-American Independent Voters League, and Dr. Herbert Schnuch, national president of the rabidly anti-Semitic Friends of New Germany.
Hylan received slightly more than 10,000 write-in votes, nearly all of which were registered in New York City.
Analysts who commented on Hylan’s pitiful showing pointed out that Zahne had made a gross tactical blunder in revealing the weakness of the Nazi cause in this state by lending open support to any candidate in the past election. It was believed that in the future Zahne’s mouthings will carry much less weight with the German-American element in this and other sections because of the self-incurred damage to his prestige.
Cooler heads in German-Americandom, who have been biding their time, awaiting just such an exhibition of weakness as came to light at the polls Tuesday, were preparing yesterday to swoop down on Zahne and drive him from all semblance of the power