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Whitey for Governor?

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It looks like the Chicago pols are giving local gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney a hard time. A reader sent me a link to this article in the Chicago Sun-Times:

The last name of Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney is misspelled as “Whitey” on electronic-voting machines in nearly two dozen wards — about half in predominantly African-American areas — and election officials said Wednesday the problem cannot be corrected by Election Day.

And later:

“I don’t want to be identified as ‘Whitey.’ If this is happening in primarily African-American wards, that’s an even bigger concern,” Whitney told the Chicago Sun-Times. “I don’t know if this is machine politics at play or why this happened.”

I don’t know if it’s machine politics either. Anyone could make a spelling error, but for this specific error to occur in predominantly black precincts seems like rough and tumble Chicago politics. You have to expect this kind of thing if you run for statewide office.

Obviously this won’t affect Whitney’s likelihood of winning (pdf). Considering that the gap between Brady and Quinn is larger than Whitney’s poll numbers, it probably won’t affect the outcome of the race either.

If Whitney doesn’t get five percent this time do the Greens lose their established party status?

Thanks to the reader who sent the link!

Comments are welcome.

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Written by The Carbondale Observer

October 15, 2010 at 8:00 am

Posted in Illinois

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