1951 Chicago mayoral election

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1951 Chicago mayoral election

← 1947 April 3, 1951 1955 →
Turnout56.8% Increase 19.2 pp[1][2]
  Martin H. Kennelly (72-599).jpg 3x4.svg
Nominee Martin H. Kennelly Robert L. Hunter
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 697,871 545,326
Percentage 56.14% 43.87%

Mayor before election

Martin H. Kennelly

Elected Mayor

Martin H. Kennelly

Wordmark from Kennelly's reelection campaign material

In the Chicago mayoral election of 1951 Democrat Martin H. Kennelly was reelected, defeating Republican Robert L. Hunter by a double-digit margin.

The election was held on April 3.[3]


The state of Illinois in 1944 had passed legislation which aimed to tighten the state's previously overly-lax voter registration laws.[4][5] One measure of this was that, after the November elections in presidential election years, county clerks would begin the process canceling the registration of those who had not voted in the previous four years.[4] There were a number of other measures which would result in the cancellation of voter registrations.[4] Chicago ultimately had less registered voters in 1951 than it had had in 1947.[1][2]


Democratic primary[edit]

Republican primary[edit]


Mayor of Chicago 1951 election[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Martin H. Kennelly 697,871 56.14
Republican Robert L. Hunter 545,326 43.87
Turnout 1,243,197


  1. ^ a b 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 Daley: A Retrospective: A Historical Exploration of Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley by Chicago Tribune Staff Dec 18, 2012
  3. ^ https://www.chipublib.org/mayor-martin-h-kennelly-biography/
  4. ^ a b c ELECTIONS (10 ILCS 5/) Election Code.; Illinois General Assembly
  5. ^ The Evolution of American Investigative Journalism by James Aucoin (page 38)
  6. ^ "RaceID=8132". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 11, 2018.