Dewey Defeats Truman!

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- Lake County voters have been notoriously Republican in their presidential politics since 1948, when they gave Thomas Dewey an 18,000-vote edge over Harry Truman. Until Bill Clinton did it Tuesday, Lyndon Johnson was the only Democrat to win Lake County, besting Barry Goldwater by only 2,000 votes.

- Voters twice snubbed their native Libertyville son, Adlai E. Stevenson, for "Ike." In 1952, Stevenson got 31,488 votes, while Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower got 53,181. Four years later, Eisenhower did it again, besting Stevenson by 48,221 votes to 23,246.

- In 1960, Lake County was solidly Nixon country. Voters gave JFK 46,692 votes and Nixon 67,766. Despite the margin, their man lost the state by 5,468 votes - 2,360,029 to Kennedy's 2,365,497. Kennedy continued to carry a narrow margin - 300,000 - in the race, in which a record 66 million voters cast a ballot. …