Election '82: I thought I'd Seen Everything

After a long count, Jim Thompson claims victory in Illinois

When Big Jim Thompson voted on Tuesday morning, a winner's smile flashed across his broad face. Only two days before, a Gallup poll showed the bluff 6-ft. 6-in. Republican Governor leading his mild-mannered opponent, Adlai Stevenson III, by 16 points. But when Thompson went to bed at 2 Wednesday morning, the corners of his smile had turned downward: he was leading by just over 1%. By midday Thursday, as votes were still being tabulated, he was wearing a full-fledged frown of dismay: with more...

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