Tuesday, April 5, 1960
April 5, 1960
JFK narrowly wins the Wisconsin primary Hubert Humphrey. Kennedy was out of the state when the polling began but flew in aboard his plane the Caroline in the company of Ben Bradlee.
Kennedy on that day was overly optimistic about his chances. One biographer reports the story that he and Bradlee each guessed how well Kennedy would do that day, putting their picks in sealed envelopes. JFK guessed he would win nine out of ten congressional districts; Bradlee guessed a win in seven of the districts; Kennedy won six districts and was outpolled by Humphrey in four.
After arriving in Milwaukee, JFK was interviewed by Walter Cronkite at the CBS studios. Kennedy was reportedly irritated with Cronkite asked him how he thought the Catholic vote was developing.