Republican mayoral candidates through the years

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The last time voters elected a Republican mayor of Pittsburgh was in 1929. Since then, Democrats have had a stranglehold on the office and since 1969 -- the last time the GOP collected more than 30 percent of the vote -- there usually has been only token Republican opposition. Here's a look at Republican mayor candidates and how they performed since the last victory.
Year

GOP name

GOP
votes

Dem name

Dem
votesOther
votesTotal
votesGOP
%
1929

Charles Kline

80,131

Thomas Dunn

37,5980117,72968.1
1933

John Herron

75,507

William McNair

102,4320177,93942.4
1937

Robert Waddell

92,386

Cornelius Scully

122,4180214,80443.0
1941

Harmar Denny

109,560

Cornelius Scully

112,7230222,28349.3
1945

Robert Waddell

100976

David Lawrence

115,3150216,29146.7
1949

Timothy Ryan

95,498

David Lawrence

152,0810247,57938.6
1953

Leonard Kane

82,080

David Lawrence

137,2810219,36137.4
1957

John Drew

68,644

David Lawrence

128,5320197,17634.8
1961

William Crehan

60,522

Joseph Barr

124,0820184,60432.8
1965

Vincent Rovitto

65,969

Joseph Barr

109,9470175,91637.5
1969

John Tabor

62,586

Pete Flaherty

118,9360181,52234.5
1973

Pete Flaherty

15,079

Pete Flaherty

52,471067,55022.3
1977

Joseph Cosetti

12,205

Thomas Foerster

62,86068,9021143,9678.5
1981

Fred Goehringer

15,273

Richard Caliguiri

66,7701,64083,68318.3
1985

Henry Sneath

17,853

Richard Caliguiri

62,7091,43581,99721.8
1989

None

0

Sophie Masloff

56,688056,6880.0
1993

Kathy Matta

12,058

Tom Murphy

57,17217,18486,41414.0
1997

Harry Frost

17,161

Tom Murphy

63,2461,79682,20320.9
2001

James Carmine

12,175

Tom Murphy

39,2571,40752,83923.0
2005

Joseph Weinroth

16,321

Bob O'Connor

40,2263,41459,96127.2
Average29.1%

1 Richard Caliguiri ran as a write-in candidate in 1977 and won.



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