Elections: What's in a Name?

Because the Illinois house of representatives failed to work out an acceptable reapportionment before the deadline set by the state constitution, all 177 house seats were up for grabs on an at-large basis in the Nov. 3 election. But in a peculiar arrangement, Illinois Democrats and Republicans agreed beforehand that neither party would field more than 118 candidates—a two-thirds majority—for the new house.

The huge paper ballot discouraged ticket splitting, and last week vote canvassers, finally finishing the count, announced that all 118 Democratic candidates had won in their party's landslide. Leading the Democratic ticket with 2,361,623 votes was Adlai Stevenson...

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