“Landslide Lyndon” Democrat Voter Fraud in 1948 Senate race

On September 2, 1948, Lyndon Baines Johnson ran in the Democrat primary for the U.S. Senate against Democrat Texas Governor Coke Stevenson.

Governor Coke Stevenson was more popular and would have won, but there were notorious ballot irregularities to steal the election.

Mysteriously, a box of uncounted ballots was “discovered” in the south Texas town of Alice in Jim Wells County, Precinct 13.

Confusion reigned in Texas and by the end of the week, LBJ won by 87 votes. Both sides accused the other of voter fraud.

The FBI, Postal Department and other agencies investigated.

Piecing together the details, the story emerged that during the tabulation period, LBJ’s campaign manager, John B. Connally, traveled to Alice, Texas, in Jim Wells County.

George Parr – The Duke of Duval, the wealthy “political boss” of Jim Wells County and neighboring Duval County, gave John Connally access to be present when the ballots were “counted” and the returns amended.

George Parr later committed suicide.

When the dust settled, the newly recounted ballots showed 202 additional voters, some of whom were deceased and buried in the local cemetery or were absent from the county on election day.

These voters “lined up” in alphabetical order at the last minute, signed in the same blue ink in the same handwriting and all cast their ballots for LBJ.

The New York Times published an article July 30, 1977, titled “Ex-Official Says He Stole 1948 Election for Johnson”:

“The disclosure was made by Luis Salas, who was the election judge for Jim Well’s County’s Box 13, which produced just enough votes in the 1948 Texas Democratic primary runoff to give Mr. Johnson the party’s nomination for the United States Senate …

‘Johnson did not win that election – it was stolen for him and I know exactly how it was done,’ said Mr. Salas, now a lean, white-haired 76 year old …

George B. Parr, the South Texas political leader whom Mr. Salas served for a decade, shot and killed himself in April of 1975. Mr. Johnson is dead and so is his opponent … Mr. Salas said he decided to break his silence in quest for ‘peace of mind’‘I was just going along with my party’ …

… He said Mr. Parr ordered that 200-odd votes be added to Mr. Johnson’s total from Box 13.

Mr. Salas said he had seen the fraudulent votes added in alphabetical order and had them certified then as authentic on order from Mr. Parr …

Parr was the Godfather … He … could tell any election judge: ‘give us 80 percent of the vote, and the other guy 20 percent.’ We had it made in every election …”

The New York Times article continued:

“The Associated Press interviewed … a former agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, T. Keilis Dibrell … He confirmed Mr. Salas’ statement that ‘the last 200 votes had been in alphabetical order’ …

Mr. Dibrell said ‘Also, the last 202 names were made with the same colored ink, and in the same handwriting, whereas the earlier names in the poll list were written by different individuals and in different color inks.’

The final statewide count, including the Box 13 votes, gave Mr. Johnson an 87 vote margin … earning him the tongue-in-cheek nickname ‘Landslide Lyndon.'”

The Democrat Central Committee was deadlocked 28 to 28 on whether or not to certify the questionable election results.

John Connally persuaded Frank W. Mayborn, publisher of the Temple Daily Telegram, to cut short a business trip in Nashville, Tennessee, and return to cast the deciding Committee vote to certify the election results.

Coke Stevenson took LBJ to court and on September, 24, 1948, and won.

Judge T. Whitfield Davidson ordered LBJ’s name to be removed from the general election ballot.

Abe Fortas

LBJ turned for help to Washington attorney and former FDR appointee Abe Fortas.

Abe Fortas persuaded Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, who was also appointed by FDR, to intervene.

On September 28, 1948, Justice Black overturned the lower court ruling, letting the decision in the Johnson-Stevenson race rest with the Texas Democrat Central Committee.

In return for his favor, Abe Fortas was nominated in 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson to be a Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

During LBJ’s term as President, many of the records of his contested 1948 race disappeared.

In 1966, Abe Fortas accepted money from a Wall Street financier investigated for securities violations. Abe Fortas resigned in 1969.

In the Washington Post article, “HOW ‘LANDSLIDE LYNDON’ EARNED HIS NAME,” March 4, 1990, David S. Broder reviewed Robert Caro’s book “The Years of Lyndon Johnson”:

“The slimy creature who stole the 1948 Texas Senate electionLyndon Johnson … driven by a boundless ambition … his career had been a story of manipulation, deceit and ruthlessness … the morality of the ballot box … in which nothing matters but victory and any maneuver that leads to victory is justified …

… Johnson … stole the victory in the 1948 Senate race … That campaign was an American classic … Johnson battled … a strongly favored opponent to win by the narrowest of margins — the 87-vote victory that earned him the derisive nickname of ‘Landslide Lyndon’

Johnson went through an equally breathless battle in the state convention and the courts to make his clearly tainted victory stand up.”

In March of 2006, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott posted a column on the Texas State Attorney General’s website, stating:

“Voter fraud is no newcomer to the Lone Star State. Six decades ago, the votes ‘found’ in Jim Wells County’s infamous Ballot Box 13 helped Lyndon Johnson squeak into the U.S. Senate in that 1948 primary.”


As America experienced moral decline, there have been increased reports of voter fraud:

  • members of one party vote in the other party’s primary to eliminate the most viable candidate;
  • same day registration and voting, which makes verification of voter status impossible;
  • unsecured mail-in ballots;
  • multiple mail-in ballots sent to same voters;
  • delaying military ballots;
  • unmanned ballot drop-off locations;
  • stuffing ballot boxes;
  • loosing ballots;
  • insecure absentee voting;
  • tampering with voting machines;
  • foreign ownership of voting machine companies.
  • delay in counting military ballots;
  • refusal to purge voter rolls of dead voters or voters who had moved away;
  • inaccurate ballot preparation;
  • allowing non-citizens to vote;
  • orchestrated computer glitches;
  • rigging of electronic voting machines;deep-state interference, with allegations U.S. Department of Homeland Security hacking into state election systems, which they as would be expected deny, blaming it on foreign interference (Georgia, S. News, 12/18/16; Indiana, The Daily Caller, 2/21/17).

Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney exposed a deep-state computer hacking “Scorecard” voter fraud superweapon – “On the latest episode Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney issues a dire warning to the Trump administration to investigate and shut down ‘Scorecard’ and ‘Hammer’ immediately.” (NOQ Report, 11/2/20).

Other headlines read:

“Racine County Sheriff Refers Criminal Charges Against Five Top Wisconsin Elections Commissioners in Nursing Home Voting Scam” (GP, Nov. 4, 2021)

“More Fraud in New Jersey’s Election Uncovered – Voting Machines Would Not Allow Citizens to Vote Republican Governor Candidate.” (GP Nov. 4, 2021)

“New Jersey Governor Race for Democrat Murphy by 20,000 Votes After He Mysteriously Gained 40,000 Ballots Overnight.” (GP Nov. 4, 2021)

“One Year Ago on Election Night All State Reporting Was Zeroed Out on the Edison Election Reporting System and Then” (GP, Nov. 4, 2021)

“Stunning! On Anniversary of 2020 Election 56% of Voters Now Believe There Was Cheating – Up from April – including 47% of Black Voters.” (GP Nov. 4, 2021)

In an act which perplexed those working for honest elections, Supreme Court Justice Amy Comey Barrett shockingly “recused” herself from cases which would have prevented voter fraud.

“Justice Barrett recuses herself from Pennsylvania voting case” (MSNBC 10/28/2020)

The Heritage Foundation has an entire online database of documented Election Fraud Cases.


Joseph Stalin remarked in 1923 (The Memoirs of Stalin’s Former Secretary by Boris Bazhanov, 2002):

“I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this — who will count the votes, and how.”

One may ask, would a political party actually participate in voter fraud?

In response, it must be asked, if members of a political party can mentally justify killing innocent unborn babies, even including in their party platform, is there any act they could not justify?

What is voter fraud compared to that?

“Consequentialism” is a political belief that any act, no matter how immoral, is justifiable if the consequence is considered politically advantageous.

Politicians and their operatives, with hardened consciences, can justify any act, including voter fraud, if it helps them get elected because then they can implement their agenda, which they are persuaded is “good.”

Italian philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli, considered a father of political science, wrote that in politics, “one must consider the final result” and “politics have no relation with morals.”

Saul Alinsky wrote:

“In war, the end justifies almost any means.”

Psychological or cognitive warfare tactics developed during the Cold War where both KGB and CIA agents, in orchestrating coup d’états, would have media release false polling data prior to a rigged election so that citizens would become demoralized and not challenge the fraudulent results.

If perpetrators of the fraud came under suspicion, the media would be manipulated to cover it up by using a tactic called “psychological projection,” where the guilty party shifts the blame by accusing the innocent party, thus discrediting those exposing the fraud.

Joseph Goebbels, a master at mass manipulation, stated of the Nazi deep-state:

“It is the absolute right of the state to supervise the formation of public opinion … Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”

He added:

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it …

It thus becomes vitally important for the state to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the state.”

False “experts” are interviewed by the media, as noted in Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988) by Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky:

“The propaganda model also incorporates … ‘experts’ to confirm the official slant on the news … taken for granted by media personnel and the elite, but are often resisted by the general population.”

After two terms as a U.S. Senator from Texas, LBJ became John F. Kennedy’s Vice-President.

Life Magazine reportedly was planning to publish an edition November 24, 1963, with information damaging to LBJ.

Rumors swirled that Kennedy was considering dropping Johnson as his running-mate on the Democrat reelection ticket.

James Wagenvoord, assistant to Life Magazine’s executive editor, accused the Department of Justice of leaking information to the press:

“Beginning in later summer 1963 the magazine, based upon information fed from Bobby Kennedy and the Justice Department, had been developing a major news break piece concerning Johnson and Bobby Baker (adviser to Johnson accused of bribery and arranging call-girls).

… On publication Johnson would have been finished and off the 1964 ticket (reason the material was fed to us) and would probably have been facing prison time.

At the time LIFE magazine was arguably the most important general news source in the US.

The top management of Time, Inc. was closely allied with the USA’s various intelligence agencies and we were used … by the Kennedy Justice Department as a conduit to the public

The LBJ/Baker piece was in the final editing stages and was scheduled to break in the issue of the magazine due out the week of November 24.”

Two days before the article was to be published. the story was preempted by news of the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

Johnson demanded that Jacqueline Kennedy, still in her blood-stained dress, stand next to him to add legitimacy as he swore in aboard Air Force One.

As no Bible could be found on Air Force One, Johnson put his hand upon a Catholic missal that had been upon Kennedy’s desk.

Shortly after, Johnson established the Warren Commission to “investigate” Kennedy’s assassination.

Historians still debate whether or not the Warren Commission participated in covering up the facts.

The dailymail.co.uk published (August 8, 2011):

“Jackie Onasis tapes reveal how she believed Lyndon B. Johnson was involved in the assassination of her husband, John F. Kennedy.”

During Johnson’s term, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated on April 4, 1968, and Senator Robert Kennedy was assassinated on June 5, 1968.

Two days after JFK was shot, LBJ escalated U.S. involvement in war.

An account from ancient Athens, was when Pericles was facing scrutiny for usurping power, he diverted attention away from himself by allowing relations with Sparta to devolved into the Peloponnesian War, 431 BC.

This became an example to later ambitious politicians when facing precipitous drops in public opinion polls, as nations tend to support an authoritarian leader in times of war.

Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, and Anne Heche starred in the 1997 film Wag the Dog, where a President was involved in a sexual scandal shortly before an election.

To divert public scrutiny and falling public opinion polls, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer were hired to fabricate a war in order to cover up the President’s sex scandal.

Even King David, after he was involved in a sex scandal with Bathsheba, orchestrated a temporary battlefield loss killing Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, to cover up his sin.

Number 32:23 warns: “Be sure your sin will find you out!”

November 14, 2022

About Author

William Federer WILLIAM J. FEDERER is a nationally known speaker, best-selling author, and president of Amerisearch, Inc., a publishing company dedicated to researching America's noble heritage. To schedule for speaking, contact wjfederer@gmail.com 314-487-4395. Bill was raised in south St. Louis, 5th of eleven children, Bill lettered in wrestling, football and was a state finalist in track-high hurdles. He graduated from St. Louis University High School ('76), studied at University of Dallas, Texas ('76-`78); in Rome, Italy ('78), and graduated from Saint Louis University (`80) with a degree in Accounting/Business Administration. Bill gained national recognition for lecturing and writing, receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from American Christian College in 2004. Gold Medallion Book Award nominee. George Washington Honor Medal by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Broward County Chapter; Bott Radio Network Great American Award, honored by the American Legion Defense of Veterans Memorials Project, Rees Lloyd, Director; Eagle Award from Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum, Delegate Republican National Convention, 2000. In addition to serving on numerous advisory boards, Bill is an original signer of the Manhattan Declaration.