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Oblivion Seen for Thorkelson As Miss Rankin’s Lead Mounts

July 19, 1940
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The name of Jacob Thorkelson has apparently been sponged from the national political scene after a single term in which he became notorious for his Jew-hating utterances and the inclusion in the Congressional Record of tens of thousands of words of anti-Semitic literature.

Late reports received here indicated Thorkelson would be defeated by 2,000 votes, by Miss Jeanette Rankin, first woman Representative, who returned to politics to oppose Thorkelson in the Republican primaries in Montana’s First Congressional District.

Miss Rankin’s victory was surprising to many politicians. For many years she has not lived in Montana and only began her campaign a month ago. The first woman ever elected to Congress, she has been connected with peace and women’s organizations here since 1919.

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