Interview with Charles Butts

After that second debate, Stokes began to slip and Taft began to rise. Election night. What are your memories of it? Were you losing hope? Was there a chance that Stokes might not win?


Oh, I think ah, election night ah, general election night in 1967, it was expected that Stokes was going to win. The fact that it turned out to be so close I, I think was a surprise. And there was some anger ah, because i-it was so close that throughout the evening it could have gone either way. And the feeling that the only way a democrat who had won the primary convincingly the way he had, the only way he could lose was because of racism. And as I recall Gary Hatch, Dick Hatcher running in Gary, Indiana ah, was having the same kind of teeter-totter ah, night.