Did Dick Gregory Accidentally Receive Over Nine Million Votes in the 1968 Presidential Election?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about TV and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the TV urban legends featured so far.

TV URBAN LEGEND: Dick Gregory accidentally received over nine million votes in the 1968 Presidential Election.

Some time ago, I did a pair of legends about celebrities who allegedly received actual support for their independent presidential campaign. In the case of Gracie Allen, it was false. However, in the case of comedian Dick Gregory, he actually did pretty well.

The popular comedian became more of a political figure after the release of his 1964 autobiography (it sold roughly ten million copies!!!).

In 1967, he unsuccessfully ran for the office of the Mayor of Chicago.

In 1968, Gregory ran as a write-in candidate for the President of the United States. He won a remarkable 47,097 votes! However, a few commenters noted that he “won” a lot more than that. Read on to find out!
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