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In the Chicago mayoral election of 1975 Richard J. Daley was elected to a record sixth term as mayor by a landslide 78% margin.

1975 Chicago mayoral election

← 1971 April 1, 1975 1977 (special) →
Turnout47.3%[1] Decrease 20.6 pp
  Chicago Mayor Daley crop.jpg 3x4.svg
Nominee Richard J. Daley John J. Hoellen Jr.
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 542,831 139,223
Percentage 77.7% 19.9%

Mayor before election

Richard J. Daley
Democratic

Elected Mayor

Richard J. Daley
Democratic

This was the first Chicago mayoral election since the ratification of the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18.

Only one other individual (Daley's son Richard M. Daley) has matched Daley's feat of winning six Chicago mayoral elections.

NominationsEdit

Democratic primaryEdit

Daley fended off several challengers. Daley carried a plurality of the vote in 48 of the city's 50 wards (35 of which he also had a simple majority of the vote in).[2] Singer carried an outright simple majority of the vote in the two remaining wards.[2]


Democratic primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Richard J. Daley (incumbent) 463,717 57.9
Democratic William Singer 234,470 29.3
Democratic Richard H. Newhouse Jr. 63,479 7.9
Democratic Edward Hanrahan 39,703 5.0
Total votes 801,369

Republican primaryEdit

Socialist Workers nominationEdit

The Socialist Workers Party nominated Willie Mae Reid, who collected 66,000 signatures on her candidature petition to be included on the general election ballot (a greater number of signatures than the number of votes she would ultimately receive).[3]

General electionEdit

Daley won a majority of the vote in each of the city's 50 wards.[4]

Mayor of Chicago 1975 election[4][5] (General Election)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Richard J. Daley (incumbent) 542,831 77.7
Republican John J. Hoellen Jr. 139,223 19.9
Socialist Workers Willie Mae Reid 16,698 2.4
Turnout 698,752
Results by ward[4]
Ward Richard J. Daley
(Democratic Party)
John J. Hoellen
(Republican Party)
Willie Mae Reid
(Socialist Workers Party)
Total
Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes
1 9,455 89.3% 964 9.1% 170 1.6% 10,589
2 7,695 82.6% 1,178 12.6% 446 4.8% 9,319
3 6,657 88.1% 669 8.9% 231 3.1% 7,557
4 8,648 81.8% 1,410 13.3% 520 4.9% 10,578
5 7,000 52.3% 4,494 33.6% 1,890 14.1% 13,384
6 7,733 78.9% 1,512 15.4% 561 5.7% 9,806
7 8,533 75.7% 2,079 18.4% 661 5.9% 11,273
8 7,868 79.0% 1,400 14.1% 686 6.9% 9,954
9 5,428 82.0% 918 13.9% 272 4.1% 6,618
10 11,567 84.4% 1,905 13.9% 232 1.7% 13,704
11 25,554 95.2% 1,209 4.5% 84 0.3% 26,847
12 16,006 84.3% 2,870 15.1% 104 0.5% 18,980
13 20,820 83.5% 4,000 16.0% 111 0.4% 24,931
14 14,180 87.9% 1,849 11.5% 105 0.7% 16,134
15 11,088 83.8% 1,948 14.7% 190 1.4% 13,226
16 6,802 87.9% 632 8.2% 300 3.9% 7,734
17 7,071 80.6% 1,152 13.1% 555 6.3% 8,778
18 13,964 84.7% 2,213 13.4% 315 1.9% 16,492
19 19,195 76.1% 5,779 22.9% 258 1.0% 25,232
20 7,385 83.8% 1,042 11.8% 383 4.3% 8,810
21 8,221 78.1% 1,564 14.9% 741 7.0% 10,526
22 10,056 85.5% 1,543 13.1% 162 1.4% 11,761
23 15,027 80.7% 3,498 18.8% 93 0.5% 18,618
24 7,519 91.2% 502 6.1% 223 2.7% 8,244
25 10,352 91.0% 931 8.2% 87 0.8% 11,370
26 11,927 89.4% 1,308 9.8% 108 0.8% 13,343
27 8,910 93.0% 521 5.4% 153 1.6% 9,584
28 4,766 87.7% 482 8.9% 185 3.4% 5,433
29 5,778 89.7% 486 7.5% 178 2.8% 6,442
30 10,327 73.1% 3,675 26.0% 124 0.9% 14,126
31 13,279 89.7% 1,400 9.5% 131 0.9% 14,810
32 10,362 83.7% 1,901 15.3% 124 1.0% 12,387
33 8,150 74.0% 2,724 24.7% 135 1.2% 11,009
34 7,435 83.0% 1,041 11.6% 483 5.4% 8,959
35 12,107 67.4% 5,593 31.1% 271 1.5% 17,971
36 16,991 76.8% 4,989 22.5% 151 0.7% 22,131
37 9,624 82.7% 1,813 15.6% 201 1.7% 11,638
38 15,626 73.2% 5,585 26.2% 144 0.7% 21,355
39 11,676 71.6% 4,469 27.4% 167 1.0% 16,312
40 9,905 67.4% 4,508 30.7% 278 1.9% 14,691
41 16,281 68.2% 7,443 31.2% 164 0.7% 23,888
42 10,016 73.0% 3,325 24.2% 379 2.8% 13,720
43 9,592 53.7% 6,908 38.7% 1,350 7.6% 17,850
44 8,240 68.2% 3,452 28.6% 395 3.3% 12,087
45 15,844 67.6% 7,373 31.4% 233 1.0% 23,450
46 7,602 70.6% 2,853 26.5% 312 2.9% 10,767
47 11,589 62.9% 6,669 36.2% 172 0.9% 18,430
48 9,367 62.3% 5,137 34.2% 532 3.5% 15,036
49 9,684 68.8% 3,812 27.1% 579 4.1% 14,075
50 13,929 74.1% 4,495 23.9% 369 2.0% 18,793
Totals 542,831 77.7% 139,223 19.9% 16,698 2.4% 698,752

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Denvir, Daniel (May 22, 2015). "Voter Turnout in U.S. Mayoral Elections Is Pathetic, But It Wasn't Always This Way". City Lab (The Atlantic). Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d http://chicagodemocracy.org/ElectionResults.jsp?election=crdd_primary%2Ccrdd_1975_primary_election%2Cil_chi_mayor Election Results for 1975 Primary Election, Mayor, Chicago, Illinois (Democratic Party)
  3. ^ "Socialist Aims for the Vice-Presidency". Milwaukee Journal. January 6, 1976. p. 3. Retrieved January 17, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c "Election Results for 1975 General Election, Mayor, Chicago, IL".
  5. ^ "RaceID=8130". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 7, 2018.