National Affairs: Fair Deal Town

The plain fact was that big, bluff William O'Dwyer had been a pretty good mayor, all things considered. Last week in an election that brought out 93% of New York City's registered voters, he was sent back to the City Hall.

It wasn't even close. Despite the opposition of most of the city's newspapers and two rival candidates, O'Dwyer piled up 1,264,600 votes—308,000 more than his nearest opponent, Republican Reformer Newbold Morris. Only two Republicans were elected to city offices. Triumphant Irish-born Bill O'Dwyer had his own explanation: "It means that New York City is a New Deal and a Fair Deal...

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