Pittsburgh mayoral election, 1949

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The Mayoral election of 1949 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was held on Tuesday, November 8, 1949. David Lawrence of the Democratic Party was reelected to a second term. Despite commanding a powerful position within both local politics and the state party, Lawrence faced a major primary challenge after he failed to gain the endorsement of the AFL-CIO. However, he achieved a moderate victory over union leader Ed Leonard, in part due to the surprising support of the Republican business community, who supported Lawrence's urban renewal projects. After the primary scare, Lawrence defeated Republican Timothy "Tice" Ryan by the biggest margin in city mayoral history at the time.

Pittsburgh mayoral election, 1949
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic David Lawrence 152,081 61.4
Republican Tice Ryan 95,498 38.6
Turnout 247,579
Democratic hold Swing

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Preceded by
1945
Pittsburgh mayoral election
1949
Succeeded by
1953