Pittsburgh mayoral election, 1933

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← 1929 November 6, 1933 1937 →
Nominee William N. McNair John Herron
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 102,432 75,507
Percentage 57.6% 42.4%

The Mayoral election of 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was held on Tuesday, November 6, 1933. In a realigning election, Democrats regained control of the mayor's office for the first time in 28 years; they have not relinquished this position since. The incumbent mayor, John Herron of the Republican Party chose to run for his first full term. Herron had been elevated to the executive office from his position as city council president after Charles H. Kline resigned over a fiscal scandal; he inherited a party whose once efficient machinery was in crisis. Democrats, led by new powerful grassroots organizer David Lawrence (a future mayor) selected William McNair, an idealistic and outspoken attorney as their candidate. With the beginnings of the New Deal being set into place, Pittsburgh's strong labor community moved rapidly toward the Democrats, creating a huge shift in voting patterns and allowing McNair to win.

Primary elections

Incumbent mayor John Herron won a divided Republican Primary against Councilman Joseph A. McArdle and Register of Wills Joseph Mackrell.[1][2][3]

William McNair won the Democratic Primary.

General election

A total of 177,939 votes were cast.

Pittsburgh mayoral election, 1933
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic William McNair 102,432 57.6
Republican John Herron 75,507 42.4
Turnout 177,939
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

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