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New York City mayoral election, 1957

New York City mayoral election, 1957

November 5, 1957

Candidate Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Robert K. Christenberry
Party Democratic Republican
Alliance Liberal -
Popular vote 1,509,775 585,768
Percentage 69.23% 26.86%

Results by Borough

Mayor before election

Robert F. Wagner, Jr.

Elected Mayor

Robert F. Wagner, Jr.

The New York City mayoral election of 1957 occurred on Tuesday, November 5, 1957, with incumbent Democratic Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr. going on to decisively win a re-election victory for a second term in office.

Wagner easily defeated the Republican nominee, Hotel Astor manager Robert K. Christenberry.

The popular incumbent, supported by the powerful Tammany Hall political machine, easily secured a decisive re-election victory.

Wagner received 69.23% of the vote to Christenberry's 26.86%, a landslide Democratic victory margin of 42.37%. [1]

In a distant third was the United Taxpayers candidate Vito P. Battista, who received 3.08% of the vote.

Wagner swept all five boroughs, breaking 60% of the vote in Queens and Staten Island, and breaking 70% of the vote in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Wagner was also the nominee of the Liberal Party, and additionally ran on the City Fusion ballot line.

Wagner would be sworn in to his second term in January 1958.


1957 party Manhattan The Bronx Brooklyn Queens Richmond [Staten Is.] Total %
Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Democratic - Liberal - Fusion 316,203 316,299 494,078 341,212 40,983 1,508,775 69.2%
73.8% 76.6% 75.1% 64.1% 64.7%
Robert Christenberry Republican 112,173 96,726 163,427 191,061 22,381 585,768 26.9%
26.2% 23.4% 24.9% 35.9% 35.3%
428,376 413,025 657,505 532,273 63,364 2,094,543 96.1%
others   85,355 3.9%

The Wagner-Christenberry campaign has left us one of the great campaign anecdotes: Christenberry was railing against Wagner's police department for not doing enough to fight corruption and vice, so the cops raided Christenberry's illegal casino in the basement of the hotel he was manager of. Other vote was: Vito Battista - United Taxpayer's Party - 67,266 3.1%; Joyce Cowley - Socialist Workers - 13,453 0.6%; Eric Haas - Socialist Labor- 4,611 0.2%


  1. ^ "New York City Mayoral Election 1957". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
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