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Response to jamal49 (Reply #11)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 01:26 AM

17. Even if Nixon had won Illinois, he would have still lost the electoral vote

No one is as blue a Democrat or more liberal than me. But, let us remember that in the 1960 elections, it is possible if not probable that Mayor Richard Daley pulled a few strings and handed John F. Kennedy the election (which was the closest decided election in U.S. history). Richard M. Nixon was classy enough not to challenge the results and the rest is history.


It isn't at all possible that Daley handed JFK the election, since even without Illinois JFK would have had 276 electoral votes. It's not even likely that Daley gave JFK Illinois, because the final vote tally remained in JFK's column despite vigorous protests of the vote by the national GOP. (Nixon's classiness in this situation is pretty specious--though he didn't publicly call for challenges to the results, his party's operatives aggressively challenged the vote in several states.) Republicans claimed that the democratic machine stole Texas as well as Illinois, and those two combined would have given Nixon the electoral vote. But there has never been much convincing evidence to support either claim.

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