Columnists: Poll Watching, Chicago-Style

While most pundits delivered weighty post-election analyses, Columnist Robert Novak provided one of the most memorable stories by going out on the beat at the precinct level. Instead of spending election night in front of a TV set, he prowled the polling places on Chicago's heavily Negro, heavily Democratic West Side. Local politicians bar newsmen from the polls, but Novak got poll watcher's credentials from a friendly Republican, and these enabled him to observe what he calls "democracy, Chicago-style." Wrote Novak, in a column signed by himself and his partner, Rowland Evans: "What we saw showed that lurid Republican...

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