Being a close friend of former State Rep. Penny Pullen, I was contacted by Patrick Wohl, who took an interest in the election recount of 1992 when original results of her Republican primary race against Rosemary Mulligan ended up in a tie.
He started out to write an article, but got so interested in the topic his work ended up in a book entitled, “Upside Down.”
Published by the University of Illinois Press and coming out January 9th, its summary follows:
In 1990, a suburban Chicago race for the Republican Party nomination for state representative between Penny Pullen and Rosemary Mulligan unexpectedly became a national proxy battle over abortion in the United States.
But the hard-fought primary also illustrated the overlooked importance of down-ballot contests in America’s culture wars.
Patrick Wohl offers the dramatic account of a rollercoaster campaign that, after attracting political celebrities and a media circus, came down to thirty-one votes, a coin toss to determine the winner, and a recount fight that set a precedent for how to count dimpled chads.
As the story unfolds, Wohl provides a rare nuts-and-bolts look at an election for state office from its first days through the Illinois Supreme Court decision that decided the winner–and set the stage for a decisive 1992 rematch.
A compelling political page-turner, Down Ballot takes readers behind the scenes of a legendary Illinois election.