1948: The Election that Dewey "Could Not Lose"
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But he did, thanks in part to President Harry Truman riding the coattails of the little known "Man from Libertyville" - Adlai Stevenson - who was elected Governor by the largest plurality in state history. The statewide election in Illinois pitted Stevenson against the corrupt and scandal-laced "Green Machine" of incumbent Governor Dwight Green and the incumbent Senator Curly Brooks, wounded World War I veteran, against the wounded World War II veteran, Paul Douglas. Was it what historians have called the "dirtiest election" in Illinois history? Join Joe Bean, Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar, as he presents the whole story.