1941 Pittsburgh mayoral election Article

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Pittsburgh mayoral election, 1941
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←  1937 November 3, 1941 1945 →
 
Nominee Conn Scully Harmer Denny
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 112,723 109,560
Percentage 50.7% 49.3%

Mayor before election

Conn Scully
Democratic

Elected Mayor

Conn Scully
Democratic

The mayoral election of 1941 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was held on Tuesday, November 4, 1941. Incumbent Democratic Party Conn Scully won a second full term by a narrow margin. Scully had gained a reputation as a weak mayor[ citation needed] and his Republican opponent, wealthy attorney and former Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Harmar Denny (a future Congressman), hammered Scully for being a puppet of the city's increasingly powerful Democratic machine. Despite these allegations, Scully remained closely aligned with state party chairman (and future mayor) David Lawrence; while this may have cost him some votes, it gave him enough support from the Democrats' New Deal labor base to put Scully over the top. [1] Republicans contested the result in court, but a judge dismissed the suit. [2]

Pittsburgh mayoral election, 1945*
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Conn Scully 112,723 50.7
Republican Harmar Denny 109,560 49.3
Turnout 222,283
Democratic hold Swing

*These numbers, reported a day after the election, [3] were officially revised later in the month. [4] After a court found irregularities, it ordered further corrections. [5]

Footnotes

  1. ^ Flanagan, Richard Michael (January 1, 2004). "Mayors and the Challenge of Urban Leadership". University Press of America. Retrieved December 19, 2016 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Judge Throws Out GOP Contest of Scully Election". The Pittsburgh Press. January 15, 1942. p. 2.
  3. ^ "Election At a Glance". The Pittsburgh Press. November 5, 1941. p. 1.
  4. ^ "Official Tally Gives Scully 3,627 Margin". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. November 18, 1941. p. 13.
  5. ^ "31 Ballot Officials Admit Guilt". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 29, 1942. p. 11.

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Preceded by
1937
Pittsburgh mayoral election
1941
Succeeded by
1945