Interview with Raymond Haight
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QUESTION 14
INTERVIEWER:

So, can you tell me again, at this, that, at this point he knew he was defeated, it wasn't waiting for the election day, but it was Sinclair's withdrawal, refusing to withdraw?

RAYMOND HAIGHT:

My dad realized, at that point, that he was defeated. The election was still a couple of days off, but he knew it was all over, that he could not defeat Merriam with Sinclair in the race, and he knew Sinclair could not defeat Merriam. Mainly, Dad felt that he could, he could pull most of Merriam's support away, if Sinclair was not in the race. His polls time and again showed that the Republicans, and the conservative Democrats that voted for Merriam, wanted to vote for him but were afraid, if they voted for Dad—

INTERVIEWER:

OK, start again with the polls, and tell me who "him", be very clear on who is who, because you're referring to several people.

RAYMOND HAIGHT:

Right, right. My Dad ran many polls. The polls showed consistently that most of his strength lay with the Republican Party and some conservative Democrats, all of whom said they would refuse to vote for him because they were afraid Sinclair would win. Dad realized, when he was sitting there at the dinner table, that he wasn't going to get the Merriam votes, so that there wasn't a chance.