TIME MACHINE


OCT. 30, 1946


The once proud and powerful Cracker Party was virtually swept from office in a smashing victory won by seven candidates for city council endorsed by the Independent League for Good Government.


The Crackers were a local political faction that had controlled Augusta government and its assorted services for years through patronage and pressure. Reformers led by the business community and The Augusta Chronicle and Herald convinced voters it was time to change.


In a sweep of the seven city wards, League candidates piled up overwhelming majorities. The victories meant an end to Cracker control of city council. Coupled with the results of the April primary in which three Independent legislators and three county commissioners of the same group defeated Cracker candidates, it signaled the end of a political machine that had not suffered defeat since 1930.