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Her Husband Was Willing To Let Her Die So She Could Become Governor

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Politics in the U.S. can become quite the experience, specifically when one person or party desperately wants to remain in power. Nothing depicts this more strongly than the case of Lurleen Wallace, the one-time governor of Alabama.

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Lurleen would be elected as the Governor of Alabama in 1966, and was inaugurated into office in January 1967. This wasn't your typical electoral dreams, Lurleen actually replaced her husband in office because he was not constitutionally allowed to run again due to term limits.

There is no other way to put this, George Wallace forced his wife to run so that he could run the show from behind the scenes.  

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George wanted to have power back so badly that he was willing to sacrifice his wife in order to see it through. See, Lurleen was hiding a painful secret the entire time she was running the race: she had been diagnosed with cancer, and she had to fight it through the entire grueling race for governorship. She had a cancerous tumor on her pelvis that was painfully pushing on the nerves in her back.

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