1973 Pittsburgh mayoral election


Pittsburgh mayoral election, 1973
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← 1969 November 6, 1973 1977 →
Nominee Pete Flaherty Pete Flaherty
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 52,471 15,079
Percentage 77.7% 22.3%

Mayor before election

Pete Flaherty

Elected Mayor

Pete Flaherty

The Mayoral election of 1973 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was held on Tuesday, November 6, 1973. The incumbent mayor, Pete Flaherty of the Democratic Party chose to run for his second full term.

Primary Election

City Councilman Richard Caliguiri, a rising star in city politics (and future mayor) filed to run against Flaherty in the primary. Because Flaherty had long antagonized the remnants of the city's archaic Democratic machine, the aging party bosses endorsed Caliguiri, even though both Democratic candidates had similar legacies as a reformer. However, the popular mayor earned a moderate victory despite tepid support from insiders.

General Election

No Republicans filed to run in the primary; however, Flaherty won, by write-in, the Republican primary. The popular mayor received nearly 80% of his vote total on the Democratic line, which is in line with party registration in the city. A total of 67,550 votes were cast.

Pittsburgh mayoral election, 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Pete Flaherty 52,471 77.7
Republican Pete Flaherty 15,079 22.3
Turnout 67,550
Democratic hold Swing


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

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