1961 Los Angeles mayoral election

Los Angeles mayoral election, 1961

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Candidate Sam Yorty Norris Poulson Patrick D. McGee
Party Democratic Republican Republican
First round vote 122,478 179,273 115,635%
First round percentage 27.10% 39.67% 25.59%
Runoff vote 275,249 259,760
Runoff percentage 51.45% 48.55%

Mayor before election

Norris Poulson
Republican

Elected Mayor

Sam Yorty
Democratic

The 1961 election for Mayor of Los Angeles took place on April 4, 1961, with a run-off election on May 31, 1961. Incumbent Norris Poulson was defeated by Sam Yorty.

Results[edit]

Primary election[edit]

Los Angeles mayoral primary election, April 4, 1961[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Norris Poulson (incumbent) 179,273 39.67% -21.13%
Democratic Sam Yorty 122,478 27.10%
Republican Patrick D. McGee 115,635 25.59%
Democratic Robert C. Ronstadt 11,340 2.51%
Independent Howard M. Kessler 7,558 1.67%
Independent William Carpenter 7,267 1.61% -0.07%
Independent M. Garet Miller 4,640 1.03%
Socialist Workers Oscar G. Coover 2,141 0.47%
Democratic Wallace J. Lauria 1,598 0.35%
Total votes 451,930 100.00

General election[edit]

Los Angeles mayoral general election, May 31, 1961[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Sam Yorty 275,249 51.45%
Republican Norris Poulson (incumbent) 259,760 48.55%
Total votes 535,009 100.00
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

References and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Los Angeles Mayor - Primary". Our Campaigns.
  2. ^ a b Officially all candidates are non-partisan.
  3. ^ "Los Angeles Mayor". Our Campaigns.

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