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2007 Chicago mayoral election

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Chicago mayoral election, 2007

← 2003 February 27, 2007 2011 →
Turnout33.08%[1] Decrease 0.62 pp
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Candidate Richard M. Daley Dorothy A. Brown William Walls
Popular vote 324,519 91,878 40,368
Percentage 71.05% 20.12% 8.84%

Mayor before election

Richard M. Daley

Elected Mayor

Richard M. Daley

The Chicago mayoral election of 2007 saw incumbent mayor Richard M. Daley win a landslide victory, garnering a 51-point margin of victory.

Daley was opposed by Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy A. Brown and William "Dock" Walls.


Nominations invalid

The following candidates had their nominations deemed invalid by the Chicago Board of Elections, and thus were denied inclusion on the ballot:



Despite speculation that they might challenge Daley, congressmen Luis Gutierrez and Jesse Jackson Jr. both opted not run.[2][3] Both had explored potential runs, but declared that they had opted to remain in Washington, D.C. after the Democratic Party captured control of the United States House of Representatives in the November 2006 congressional elections.[2][10] [11] Gutierrez had been exploring a 2007 bid for mayor at least as early as December 2005, when he publicly confirmed his interest in possibly running.[12]

Some analysts speculated that the true reason that both men opted against running was that they had both concluded that they lacked viable prospects of unseating Daley.[2]

In the previous election Daley faced opponents who lacked significant campaign experience.[2] With Brown's entry into the 2007 election, Daley was faced with an opponent with significant electoral experience. In her 2004 reelection as clerk, Brown had received just under 800,000 votes in the city of Chicago.[2]

While both Brown and Walls were African Americans,[2][3] neither were able to coalesce strong support from black voters.[2] They also failed to enthuse much support from other groups.[2]

Some argued that, in her campaign, Brown was too light on Daley, failing to hammer him with criticism.[13]

Walls criticized Daley's hiring practices.[14]

Daley massively eclipsed his opponents in fundraising.[2][3] Daley had nearly $6 million in funds, while Brown had less than $200,000 and Walls had less than $10,000.[2]

Daley made use of Democratic organizations in the city's wards to run his field operations.[2]

As was the case in all of his reelection campaigns, Daley did not attend any debates.[3]


Dorothy Brown
  • Americans for Democratic Action.[15]
  • Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization [15]
  • The Independent Voters[15]
Richard M. Daley


Daley won a plurality in each of Chicago's fifty wards, and obtained an absolute majority in forty-nine.[19] While the election was nonpartisan, all three candidates were members of the Democratic Party.

Voter turnout declined slightly from the previous election, setting a new record-low for turnout in a Chicago mayoral election.[2][20][21] Only one-third of the city's 1.4 million registered voters participated in the election.[2][20] The all-time low of 33.08% was later matched by the second round of the 2019 Chicago mayoral election.[22][23]

Mayor of Chicago 2007[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Richard M. Daley (incumbent) 324,519 71.05
Nonpartisan Dorothy A. Brown 91,878 20.12
Nonpartisan William Walls 40,368 8.84
Turnout 456,765

Results by ward


Daley delivered a brief election night victory speech at the Chicago Hilton & Towers.[2]

By winning the election Daley had secured a sixth term as mayor (his fifth full four-year term, since he had first become mayor in a special election to a partial term following the death of Harold Washington). By winning his sixth mayoral election, Daley tied the record set by his father for the most Chicago mayoral election victories. During his subsequent term, Daley surpassed his father as the longest-tenured mayor in Chicago history. This term was ultimately Daley's last, as he opted to forgo seeking reelection in 2011.

In her concession speech Brown congratulated Daley but urged residents of Chicago, "to hold this mayor accountable".[2] She also declared that voters had, "not seen the last of Dorothy Brown".[2] Brown was subsequently reelected as Clerk in 2008, 2012, and 2016. She ran for mayor again in the 2019 election.[24]

Walls ran for mayor again in 2011, 2015 and 2019.[24][25][26]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Daley: A Retrospective: A Historical Exploration of Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley by Chicago Tribune Staff Dec 18, 2012
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Chicago's Long-Running Daley Show Ken Rudin February 21, 2007
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  10. ^ a b Gutierrez decides to back Daley - Chicago Tribune
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  12. ^ Illinois Democrat Gutierrez Confirms Retirement Plans By CQ Staff Published: March 6, 2007
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  16. ^ The Case Against Barack Obama: The Unlikely Rise and Unexamined Agenda of the Media's Favorite Candidate Front Cover David Freddoso Regnery Publishing, Jul 15, 2008
  17. ^ Obama and the Illinois Political Machine By DEANNA BELLANDI The Associated Press Monday, February 26, 2007
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  19. ^ a b c "2007 Municipal General - 2/27/07".
  20. ^ a b Denvir, Daniel (May 22, 2015). "Voter Turnout in U.S. Mayoral Elections Is  Pathetic, But It Wasn't Always This Way". City Lab (The Atlantic). Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  21. ^ Mayor Emanuel heads to runoff against Garcia
  22. ^ "2019 Municipal Runoffs - 4/2/19". Chicago Board of Elections. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  23. ^ "RunOff & Suppl Aldermanic April 2, 2019 Unofficial Summary Report City of Chicago, Illinois" (PDF). Chicago Board of Elections. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  24. ^ a b "Amid federal investigation, Dorothy Brown to run for mayor". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  25. ^ Walls, William "Dock" [@DockWalls] (27 November 2018). "Thank you for your support. Even though we had enough signatures to run for mayor, I decided not to turn them in. Someone has to take the first step towards uniting behind 1 candidate who will put the community first" (Tweet). Retrieved 5 December 2018 – via Twitter.
  26. ^ Bremer, Shelby (November 14, 2018). "These Are the Candidates Currently Running for Chicago Mayor". WMAQ-TV. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
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