Illinois: Case Closed

For decades, politicians who have lost an election in Chicago have greeted the grey dawn of defeat with a ritualistic chant: "Fraud!" But in the bitter aftermath of last November's presidential elections, Republicans echoed the familiar refrain with particular vehemence. Their charge: fraud at the polls had helped John F. Kennedy pile up a 318,736 plurality in Democratically controlled Cook County, a big enough margin to carry Illinois by 8,858 votes and capture the state's 27 electoral votes.

Despite well-financed efforts to prove that they had been bilked. Republicans soon realized that...

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