The oft repeated and popular misconception feeling that the reason Kennedy carried so well was because votes coming out of Chicago and Cook county were stolen. As a witness to it there, then, I differ and declare it a misconception.
Chicago at that time was a Catholic bastion. The Catholic school system for the Archdiocese of Chicago where hundreds of catholic parishes had their own grammar schools at the time,once ran the third largest school system in the US.
But not only was it a Catholic thing, at the time there was a lot of (it’s not like today) undeserved Pope and Catholic bashing. But if one took an “L ride” from the north side to the far south side through black neighborhoods all one would see is Kennedy window posters. If there was any “vote stealing” it wasn’t needed here.
What too many prognosticators forget is that what ever popular vote plurality he may have had coming out of Illinois still would not have had any bearing on the national outcome because of the system we use and the electoral vote.
However If he were not assassinated because of the positions he took on Cuba and other positions his reelection would have been in question.
Daley manufactured the margin needed to carry Illinois. He waited until the downstate votes were counted and provided what was necessary. Similar occurrence in Minnesota from the Ironbound region to elect the vile Al Franken. Power and their agenda is what mattered then and now to Democrats. If voter fraud is what it takes, then they do it without any reluctance.