National Affairs: Illinois to the Sea

Illinois was a Taft victory six ways from the middle—the Middle West, that is. Candidate Taft roused out more Republicans for last week's presidential primary than had voted in an Illinois election since 1932. In traditionally Democratic Cook County—Chicago and suburbs—Republicans cast more ballots than Democrats. Taft rolled up 862,000 votes, rolled over Harold Stassen (145,600) and an ill-conceived Eisenhower write-in movement (135,300) sponsored by the Chicago Sun-Times. He lost only one delegate to Eisenhower, and came out of Illinois with the other 59 in the bag—the largest single bundle thus far in the campaign.

It was a "smashing" victory, said a...

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