New York City mayoral election, 1961
Results by Borough
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The New York City mayoral election of 1961 occurred on Tuesday, November 7, 1961, with incumbent Democratic Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr. going on to win a decisive re-election victory for a third term in office.
Wagner received 51.03% of the vote to Lefkowitz's 34.46%, a Democratic victory margin of 16.57%.
Gerosa finished in third, with 13.26%.
Gerosa, running with the short-lived left-wing Citizens Party, billed himself as the "real Democrat" in the race, and took many liberal votes, finishing relatively strongly for a third party candidate.
Wagner was also the nominee of the Liberal Party, and additionally ran on the Brotherhood ballot line. Lefkowitz also ran on the Nonpartisan and Civic Action ballot lines, while Gerosa also ran on the Independent ballot line.
After being supported by the Tammany Hall machine in his 1953 and 1957 elections, Wagner broke with Tammany Hall in 1961, defeating the Democratic Party power brokers' chosen candidate, Arthur Levitt, in the Democratic primary and then going on to win a third term in the general election. Wagner's victory thus ultimately signified the decline of the power of political machines in New York City.
Wagner would be sworn into his third and final term in January 1962.
|1961 General Election||party||Manhattan||The Bronx||Brooklyn||Queens||Richmond [Staten Is.]||Total||%|
|Robert F. Wagner, Jr.||Democratic - Liberal - Brotherhood||265,015||255,528||396,539||290,194||30,145||1,237,421||51.03%|
|Louis Lefkowitz||Republican - Nonpartisan - Civic Action||174,471||134,964||251,258||243,836||31,162||835,691||34.46%|
|Lawrence E. Gerosa||Citizens Party - Independent||36,893||67,213||105,232||99,987||12,279||321,604||13.26%|
|T O T A L||2,424,985|
Other vote was: Vito Battista - United Taxpayers Party - 19,960; Richard Garza - Socialist Workers - 7,037; Eric Haas - Socialist Labor - 3,272
|1961 Democratic primary||Manhattan||The Bronx||Brooklyn||Queens||Richmond [Staten Is.]||Total||%|
|Robert F. Wagner, Jr.||122,607||78,626||136,440||102,845||15,498||456,016||60.9%|
|subtotal (for Wagner and Levitt only)||189,524||126,511||239,736||167,002||25,969||748,742||[100%]|
- "New York City Mayoral Election 1961". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- To be Mayor of New York: Ethnic Politics in the City, by Chris McNickle (Columbia University Press, 1993, ISBN 0-231-07636-3, page 175: free preview was available on April 26, 2014 at https://books.google.com/books?id=ONlCSIMrV_kC&pg=PA175)