The 1965 New York City mayoral election occurred on Tuesday, November 2, 1965, with Republican Congressman John Lindsay winning a close plurality victory over the Democratic candidate, New York City Comptroller Abraham Beame.
Results by Borough
Lindsay received 44.99% of the vote to Beame's 40.98%, a victory margin of 4.01%.
Lindsay and Beame received the Liberal and Civil Service ballot line respectively.
Linsday would be sworn into office in January 1966, replacing outgoing Democratic Mayor Robert F. Wagner Jr.. Whilst Lindsay would go on to win the mayoralty four years later, he would lose the Republican nomination to John J. Marchi. As a result this would be the last mayoral election that a Republican would win until Rudy Giuliani's victory in 1993.
|1965 General Election||party||Manhattan||The Bronx||Brooklyn||Queens||Richmond [Staten Is.]||Total||%|
|John V. Lindsay||Republican - Liberal - Independent Citizens||291326||181072||308398||331162||37148||1149106||45.0%|
|Abraham Beame||Democratic - Civil Service Fusion||193230||213980||365360||250662||23467||1046699||41.0%|
|William F. Buckley, Jr.||Conservative||37694||63858||97679||121544||20451||341226||13.4%|
T O T A L
Almost a quarter of Lindsay's vote (281796) was on the Liberal Party line, while 63590 of Beame's votes were on the Civil Service Fusion line. John Lindsay, a Republican Congressman from the "Silk-Stocking" District on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, carried Manhattan, Queens, and traditionally Republican Staten Island (Richmond), while Abe Beame, the City Comptroller, carried The Bronx and his home borough of Brooklyn, both of which he had also won in the Democratic primary. However, while Beame had also carried Queens in the primary, he lost it to Lindsay in the general election. (Five years later, Bill Buckley's brother James L. Buckley would win the 1970 New York state election for U.S. Senator on the Conservative Party line against divided opposition.) The Other vote was 11104- Vito Battista - United Taxpayer Party; 3977- Clifton DeBerry - Socialist Workers; 2087 - Eric Haas - Socialist Labor
|1965 Democratic primary|
|Manhattan||The Bronx||Brooklyn||Queens||Staten Island||Total|
|Abraham D. Beame||53386||66064||128146||82601||6148||336345|
|Paul R. Screvane||66444||54260||79485||63680||7512||271381|
|William F. Ryan||48744||16632||24588||22570||1204||113738|
- "New York City Mayoral Election 1965 inches. Our Campaigns. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
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