San Diego mayoral election, 1943

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San Diego mayoral election, 1943
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← 1939 April 20, 1943 (1943-04-20) 1947 →
Nominee Harley E. Knox James B. Abbey
Party Republican Nonpartisan
Popular vote 25,353 11,913
Percentage 68.0% 32.0%

Mayor before election

Howard B. Bard

Elected Mayor

Harley E. Knox

The 1943 San Diego mayoral election was held on April 20, 1943 to elect the mayor for San Diego. Appointed incumbent mayor Howard B. Bard did not stand for election to a term of his own. In the primary election, Harley E. Knox and James B. Abbey received the most votes and advanced to a runoff election. Knox was then elected mayor with a majority of the votes in the runoff.



Previously elected Mayor Percy J. Benbough had died in office mid-term of natural causes.[1] Howard B. Bard was appointed to finish the balance of Benbough's term.[2] Bard did not stand for election for a term of his own.

On March 9, 1943, Harley E. Knox came in first in the primary election with 43.4 percent of the votes, followed by James B. Abbey in second place with 32.0 percent. Because they had the two highest vote tallies, Knox and Abbey advanced to the runoff election. On April 20, 1943, Knox came in first place in the runoff election with 68.0 percent of the vote and was elected to the office of the mayor.[3]

Primary Election results

San Diego mayoral primary election, 1943[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Harley E. Knox 15,141 43.4
Nonpartisan James B. Abbey 11,172 32.0
Republican Fred W. Simpson 6,779 19.4
Nonpartisan Albert E. Flowers 1,795 5.2
Total votes 34,887 100

General Election results

San Diego mayoral general election, 1943[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Harley E. Knox 25,353 68.0
Nonpartisan James B. Abbey 11,913 32.0
Total votes 37,266 100


  1. "PERCY J. BENBOUGH; Mayor of San Diego Since 1935, Ex-Head of Fire, Police Groups". The New York Times. November 5, 1942. Retrieved September 5, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "P.J. Benbough Succumbs to Lengthy Illness". The San Diego Union. November 5, 2014. p. 1. Retrieved February 26, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Election History - Mayor of San Diego" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved September 8, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>