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1946 Primary Season Opens, Illinois Votes Polling in Seven States to Be in May; Election Nov. 5 ' By I ALE C. WILSOV United Press Stajj Writer . Washington (UR) The 1946 primary primary season opens today preliminary preliminary to off-year off-year off-year general elections in which the greatest prize is control control of the House of Representatives. Representatives. Today's primary polling will be in Illinois where the state's congressional congressional delegation is divided. 11 Democrats and 15 Republicans. Voters will nominate candidates for those seats. .There is no gubernatorial gubernatorial nor senatorial contest in Illinois this year. No other primaries are scheduled scheduled until May when they will take place in Alabama, Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon and Pennsylvania. 35 Senate Contests The general elections take place on Nov. 5. except in Maine where voting will be on Sept. 9. There will be contests for 35 Senate seats, 34 governorships and all 435 seats in the House of Representatives. Representatives. The primary season opens with thunder on the left from farm and labor leaders who are playing with the idea of forming a third party. That was a job undertaken unsuccessfully unsuccessfully by the late Theodore Roosevelt in 1912 and the late Robert M. LaFollette in 1924. But even unsuccessful third parties can exercise significant power in close elections. Watch Chicago Parley Therefore Washington will ob- ob- nrrve with interest developments from the Chicago meeting which were revealed yesterday. A pro visional national committee has been established headed by A. Philip Randolph, president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Port ers (A. F. L.). James Patton, head of the Na tional Farmers' Union, also was a sponsor of the Chicago meeting but said he personally did not fa vor formation of a third party "at this time. There was some unofficial C. I. O. representation at the Chicago con ference. Washington observers do not see much national political future for any such independent movement for lack of powerful and recognized leaders. But any defection on the left is significant because it will chip support away from Democratic candidates. Small Chance for G. O. P. Of the 35 Senate seats up this year, Republicans now hold 12. They must retain those and ?ain 10 more to win control of the Senate. Senate. Political 'observers agree there is small chance the Republicans will win control of the Senate this year. The Republicans must win 27 more seats in the House to obtain 218 members which would-be would-be would-be a bare majority of one. Some loss of Democratic seats is to be expected in an ofT year and without the political appeal of the late Franklin D. Roosevelt playing over the voters. There is a political political saying that the party which wins control of the House in an off-year off-year off-year will win the White House two years later. Experience proves the prediction to be substantially sound.