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Editor says, what if Woodrow Wilson had lost California in the 1916 Presidential Election? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Mr Hughes Goes to War thread. Alternate Historian and 1 other(s) like this article.
In 1916,on this fateful day GOP Governor Hiram Johnson offered his full support to Presidential Nominee Charles Evans Hughes. A variant installment to Mike Stone's Mr Hughes Goes to War thread.
Mr Hughes Goes to War: Part 3 based on an idea by Mike StoneDuring Hughes State visit in July, Johnson had been fully occupied with his Senatorial race. But when he swung through the state a month later, a meeting could have easily have been scheduled. Yet it wasn't, and the two men only sat down because of a curious accident - they were both staying in the Virginia Hotel in Long Beach at the same time.
In these more intimate settings, it was possible for the two politicians to informally settle their differences, and as a result Hughes received a major boost to his campaign. The true significance of that support was not fully recognized until November, when he carried the state by less than one thousand votes . As a result, Woodrow Wilson narrowly failed in his attempt to become the first Democrat to win a second consecutive term since Andrew Jackson. And his campaign promise to keep America out of the war had been eliminated by a chance meeting in a Californian hotel .
Editor says,  in OTL, they never met: Wikipedia reports - A key mistake by Hughes was made in California. Just before the election Hughes made a campaign swing through the state where he never met with the powerful GOP Governor Hiram Johnson to seek his support. Johnson took this as a snub and never gave Hughes his full support.  In this ATL, it would not become known that Woodrow disavowed this peace pledge. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.