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The 1969 New York City mayoral election occurred on Tuesday, November 4, 1969, with incumbent Liberal Party Mayor John Lindsay elected to a second term.

1969 New York City mayoral election

1965 November 4, 1969 1973
John Lindsay NYWTS 1 (cropped).jpg Mario A. Procaccino (cropped).jpg 3x4.svg
Candidate John Lindsay Mario Procaccino John J. Marchi
Party Liberal Democratic Republican
Alliance Independent Civil Service Conservative
Popular vote 1012633 831772 542411
Percentage 42.36% 34.79% 22.69%

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Results by Borough
Procaccino—40–50%
Marchi—60–70%
Lindsay—30–40%
Lindsay—60–70%

Mayor before election

John Lindsay
Republican

Elected Mayor

John Lindsay
Liberal

Lindsay defeated the Democratic candidate, New York City Comptroller Mario Procaccino, and the Republican candidate, state senator John Marchi.

Lindsay received 42.36% of the vote to Procaccino's 34.79%, a Liberal victory margin of 7.57%.[1]

Marchi finished a distant third with 22.69%.

BackgroundEdit

Linsday, a liberal originally elected in 1965 as a Republican with Liberal Party support, had lost the Republican primary to Marchi, but still managed to be re-elected as a Liberal. Lindsay also received the Independent ballot line.

Procaccino also received the Civil Service ballot line, while Marchi received the Conservative Party ballot line.

Reflecting the 3-way split in the race, with each candidate garnering double-digit support citywide, the five boroughs split between all 3 candidates. Lindsay scored a big victory in Manhattan with 67.1% of the vote, while also winning a narrow plurality in Queens with 36.3% of the vote. Procaccino won pluralities by small margins in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Marchi, a state senator from Staten Island, won that borough with 62.0% of the vote.

Linsday would be sworn into his second and final term in January 1970.

ResultsEdit

Note: In one of the most unusual primary seasons since the conglomeration of greater New York, the incumbent Mayor (Lindsay) and a former incumbent (Robert F. Wagner, Jr.) both lost their parties' primaries. Procaccino won with less than 33% of the vote against four opponents, which inspired the use of runoffs in future primaries. In the general election, Lindsay carried Manhattan (the only borough he had carried in losing the Republican primary to Marchi, 107000 to 113000) as he did in 1965, but he was only 4000 votes ahead of giving first place in Queens to Procaccino. Turnout dropped to 2.4 million from 2.6 million in 1965. (In the same election, Lindsay's 1965 opponent Abe Beame was easily returned to his old job of Comptroller.)[2]

1969 General Election party Manhattan The Bronx Brooklyn Queens Richmond [Staten Is.] Total %
John V. Lindsay Liberal - Independent 328564 161953 256046 249330 16740 1012633 42.4%
67.1% 40.1% 36.0% 36.3% 17.5%
Mario Procaccino Democratic - Civil Service Fusion 99460 165647 301324 245783 19558 831772 34.8%
20.3% 41.0% 42.4% 35.8% 20.5%
John Marchi Republican - Conservative 61539 76711 152933 192008 59220 542411 22.7%
12.6% 19.0% 21.5% 27.9% 62.0%
subtotal
489563 404311 710303 687121 95518 2386816 99.8%
Rasheed Storey Communist 4018 0.2%
T O T A L
2390834 100.0%
  • The Lindsay vote was 872660 Liberal (36.5%) and 139973 Independent (5.9%).
  • Procaccino's vote was 774708 Democratic (32.4%) and 57064 Civil Service Fusion (2.4%).
  • The Marchi vote was 329506 Republican (13.8%) and 212905 Conservative (8.9%).
  • By themselves, the straight Democratic and Republican lines added up to less than 50% of the mayoral vote (1104214 or 46.2%), but more than the total vote for Lindsay (1012633 or 42.4%).
  • Procaccino's general election votes on the Democratic line alone (774708) were slightly fewer than the total votes received by all candidates in the Democratic primary (777796).
  • Lindsay's general election votes on the Liberal line alone (872660) exceeded Procaccino's total votes on all lines (831772).
  • This list was truncated from 6 items.
1969 Republican primary
Manhattan The Bronx Brooklyn Queens Staten Island Total
[Lindsay minus Marchi] + 31779 – 3910 – 13119 – 13811 – 7271 – 6332
John V. Lindsay 44236 12222 20575 26658 3675 107366
John J. Marchi 12457 16132 33694 40649 10946 113698
221064
1969 Democratic primary
Manhattan The Bronx Brooklyn Queens Staten Island Total
Mario Procaccino 26804 50465 87650 79002 11628 255529
percentage 16% 34% 36% 40% 52% 33%
Robert F. Wagner, Jr. 40978 33442 81833 61244 6967 224464
percentage 25% 23% 33% 31% 31% 29%
Herman Badillo 74809 48841 52866 37880 2769 217165
percentage 45% 33% 22% 19% 12% 28%
Norman Mailer 17372 4214 10299 8700 703 41288
percentage 10% 3% 4% 4% 3% 5%
James H. Scheuer 7117 10788 11942 8994 509 39350
percentage 4% 7% 5% 5% 2% 5%
777796


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "New York City Mayoral Election 1969 inches. Our Campaigns. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  2. ^ page 437 of The Ungovernable City: John Lindsay and His Struggle to Save New York By Vincent J. Cannato (Basic Books, 2001, ISBN 0-465-00843-7)

Further readingEdit

  • Cannato, Vincent, J. The Ungovernable City: John Lindsay and His Struggle to Save New York (2001) pp 389–42 excerpt
  • Klebanoff, Arthur M. "Is There a Jewish Vote." Commentary 49.1 (1970): 43-47.
  • Lizzi, Maria C. "" My Heart Is as Black as Yours": White Backlash, Racial Identity, and Italian American Stereotypes in New York City's 1969 Mayoral Campaign." Journal of American Ethnic History (2008): 43-80. in JSTOR
  • Morris, Charles R. The Cost of Good Intentions: New York City and the Liberal Experiment (1980)
  • Taffet, Jeffrey F. "The Snubs and the'Sukkah': John Lindsay and Jewish Voters in New York City." American Jewish History 97.4 (2013): 413-438. online
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