1971 Chicago mayoral election

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1971 Chicago mayoral election

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Turnout68.9%[1] Increase 4.1 pp
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Nominee Richard J. Daley Richard Friedman
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 740,137 315,969
Percentage 70.08% 29.92%

Mayor before election

Richard J. Daley

Elected Mayor

Richard J. Daley

In the Chicago mayoral election of 1971 Richard J. Daley was elected to a fifth term as mayor, defeating Republican Richard Friedman by a landslide 40% margin.

In winning his fifth mayoral election, Daley tied the record set by both Carter Harrison Sr. and Carter Harrison Jr. for the most Chicago mayoral election victories. He also became the first individual elected to five consecutive terms as Mayor of Chicago.

Daley faced weak opposition in the election, with no serious challengers arising.[2]

This was the final Chicago mayoral election to be held before the ratification of the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18. Thus, it was the final Chicago mayoral election in which the voting age was 21.


Democratic primary[edit]

Republican primary[edit]

Attorney Richard Friedman won the Republican nomination.[3]


Mayor of Chicago 1971 election[4] (General Election)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Richard J. Daley (incumbent) 740,137 70.08
Republican Richard Friedman 139,223 29.92
Turnout 1,056,106


  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. ^ Biles, Roger. Richard J. Daley: Politics, Race, and the Government of Chicago. Northern Illinois University Press (1995). p.183
  3. ^ https://people.com/archive/two-crusaders-reporter-and-politician-give-chicago-a-lesson-in-marital-clout-vol-3-no-17/
  4. ^ "RaceID=8129". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 4, 2018.