Interview with Carl Stokes
QUESTION 3
LOUIS MASSIAH:

Okay, when, when did you know, when did you really feel that a successful run in '67 would be possible? What, what, what--

CARL STOKES:

In, in '67.

LOUIS MASSIAH:

Right, we're jumping to 1967.

CARL STOKES:

Well, in 1965 out of, out of about 320,000 votes cast, I had, uh, lost the election by less than 6/10th of one percent, so it was obvious that, uh, the, it was a doable thing. And so in 1967 it wasn't a question of whether I would win but by what margin or who I would have to ultimately defeat in the general election. That confidence was borne out by the fact that in running, uh, head to head with the mayor, incumbent mayor in the primaries. I defeated him by 20,000 votes which, uh, was a clear victory and it, and it justified the optimism we had had.