As a result of the straw ballot for the five Presidential candidates held under the auspices of the Eastern Intercollegiate Newspaper Association in 17 of the leading colleges in the East, Senator Warren G. Harding defeated Governor James M. Cox by 5800 votes out of a possible 15,683 cast for all five candidates.
In every college or university except Richmond, which Cox won by 140 votes out of a possible 207, and in Columbia and Rochester where the count was very close, Senator Harding had a large majority.
In many of the graduate schools of the various universities, Governor Cox defeated his opponent, but the total of the universities as a whole reversed the decision to favor Senator Harding.
This ballot, representing the choice of 15,683 college men, would lead one to believe that Harding will be the choice of the educated people of the United States. However, the fact that most of these colleges from which returns have been received, are situated in and draw the largest part of their students from a district which is usually Republican, may have something to do with the results.
However, one thing this ballot does show rather conclusively, is that Debs, Christensen and Watkins cannot expect to compete with the candidates of the two older parties, and that they do not represent the choice of the educated voter.