Pittsburgh mayoral election, 1945
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Nominee David Lawrence Bob Waddell
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 115,315 100,976
Percentage 53.3% 46.7%

Mayor before election

Conn Scully

Elected Mayor

David Lawrence

The Mayoral election of 1945 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was held on Tuesday, November 6, 1945. Incumbent Democratic Party Conn Scully chose not to seek reelection. State Democratic Party chairman and longtime Pittsburgh political player David Lawrence was elected to succeed him in what is the city's most recent competitive race. Bob Waddell, the popular football coach of Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) ran for a second time using his colorful personality and sports fame. However, the powerful Lawrence was able to rally a large base en route to a close win.

Pittsburgh mayoral election, 1945
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic David Lawrence 115,315 53.3
Republican Bob Waddell 100,976 46.7
Turnout 216,291
Democratic hold Swing


  • "Republican mayoral candidates through the years". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 7 November 2007. Retrieved 18 September 2009.

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