San Diego mayoral election, 1959

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San Diego mayoral election, 1959
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← 1955 March 10, 1959 (1959-03-10) 1963 →
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Nominee Charles Dail James W. Morgan
Party Democratic Nonpartisan
Popular vote 43,544 12,314
Percentage 63.4% 17.9%

Mayor before election

Charles Dail

Elected Mayor

Charles Dail

The 1959 San Diego mayoral election was held on March 10, 1959 to elect the mayor for San Diego. Incumbent mayor Charles Dail stood for reelection to a second term; in the primary election, Dail received a majority of the votes and was elected mayor outright with no need for a runoff.



Incumbent Mayor Charles Dail stood for reelection to a second term, on March 10, 1959, Dail came first in the primary election with 63.4 percent of the vote, more than 45 percent higher than James W. Morgan, his nearest competitor, because Dail received a majority of the vote, there was no need for a runoff election, and Dail was reelected to the office of the mayor.[1]

Primary Election results[edit]

San Diego mayoral primary election, 1959[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles Dail 43,544 63.4
Nonpartisan James W. Morgan 12,314 17.9
Nonpartisan Gerard A. Dougherty 4,935 7.2
Nonpartisan Robert L. Stevenson 3,553 5.2
Nonpartisan Kent Parker 2,873 4.2
Nonpartisan Juan Rivera Rosario 1,422 2.1
Total votes 68,641 100

General Election results[edit]

Because Dail received a majority of the vote in the primary, no runoff election was held.


  1. ^ a b "Election History - Mayor of San Diego" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved September 9, 2017.