2021 St. Louis mayoral election

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The 2021 St. Louis mayoral election occurred in two stages, with an approval voting primary on March 2, 2021, and a two-candidate general election on April 6, 2021.[1] Incumbent Democratic mayor Lyda Krewson was eligible to seek re-election to a second term in office, but chose to retire.[2] In a primary field of four candidates, St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones and Alderwoman Cara Spencer advanced to the general election.[3] Jones narrowly defeated Spencer in the general election, becoming the first African-American woman elected to the office of mayor.[4]

Primary election

March 2, 2021

Primary Election Results[5]

Tishaura Jones

Tishaura Jones

Cara Spencer

Cara Spencer

Lewis E. Reed

Andrew Jones

Party preference:

Democratic Party

Democratic Party

Democratic Party

Republican Party

Votes of approval:

25,388 20,659 17,186 6,428
Approval percentage: 56.96% 46.35% 38.56% 14.42%
English Wikipedia article: Tishaura Jones Cara Spencer Lewis E. Reed Andrew Jones
Wikidata entry: Q7809573 Q99674856 Q16194768 Q114815947
Total Vote Cards Cast: 44,571

St. Louis held its first-ever approval voting primary on March 2, 2021. The new approval-based primary was a non-partisan election, though candidates were allowed to state their party preference on the ballot. Three of the candidates (Tishaura Jones, Cara Spencer, and Lewis Reed) all declared their party preference "Democratic Party". Tishaura Jones was the Treasurer of St. Louis since 2013. Reed was the President of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen since 2007, and a candidate for mayor in 2013 and 2017 (see w:2013 St. Louis mayoral election and w:2017 St. Louis mayoral election on English Wikipedia). Another candidate, Andrew Jones, declared that he preferred the Republican Party.

Because they received the largest number of votes of approval (thus having the highest approval rating as measured by the ballots), Tishuara Jones and Cara Spencer advanced to the general election. Lewis E. Reed (who also preferred the Democratic Party) and Andrew Jones (who preferred the Republican Party) were not allowed to have their name printed on the general election ballot.

Reed has offered his support for an effort to repeal approval voting.[6]

General election

St. Louis held its general election on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, reporting results that evening. The two candidates on the ballot (Tishaura Jones and Cara Spencer) had won the primary election a month prior. On April 6, Tishaura Jones defeated Cara Spencer to earn her first term as mayor of St. Louis, winning by over two-thousand votes.[7] This constituted nearly 4% of the people that voted that evening.[8]

Leading up to the early April election, over 20% of voters told pollsters that they were undecided.[9]

  • Show Me Victories - March 4–6, 2021 - 40%/35%/25% (Jones/Spencer/undecided) [10]
  • Show Me Victories - March 25–28, 2021 - 42%/37%/21% (Jones/Spencer/undecided) [11]
April 6, 2021

General Election Results[12]

(top two candidates from primary election)

Tishaura Jones

Choose-one votes: 30,166

Percentage of cards cast: 51.38%

Cara Spencer

Choose-one votes: 27,865

Percentage of cards cast: 47.46%

Write-in candidates

Choose-one votes: 319

Percentage of cards cast: 0.54%

Tishaura Jones

Party preference:

Democratic Party


Tishaura Jones

Cara Spencer

Party preference:

Democratic Party



St. Louis, Missouri mayoral election

Results by ward

April 2021

Wikimedia Commons

Total Vote Cards Cast: 58,707

Tishaura Jones defeated Cara Spencer by a margin of nearly 4%.[8] Jones' margin of victory largely came from the northern half St. Louis, while Spencer was stronger in the southern half.[13] Jones received her largest margins in wards where Lewis Reed had come second in the primary.[13]

See also

See w:2021 St. Louis mayoral election on English Wikipedia to learn more about this election.


  1. "Upcoming Elections". Government of St. Louis. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  2. "St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson to retire, will not seek re-election". KMOV. November 18, 2020. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  3. Schlinkmann, Mark (March 3, 2021). "Tishaura Jones, Cara Spencer advance to St. Louis mayoral runoff". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Archived from the original on March 3, 2021. Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  4. KSDK Digital (April 6, 2021). "Tishaura Jones makes history as first Black woman to be St. Louis mayor". KSDK. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  5. "FINAL OFFICIAL RESULTS - BY APPROVAL PERCENTAGE" (PDF). stlouis-mo.gov. Board of Election Commissioners for the City of St. Louis. Retrieved May 4, 2022.
  6. Schlinkmann, Mark. "Effort underway to repeal 'approval voting' in St. Louis, replace it with new system". STLtoday.com. Retrieved 2022-02-26.
  7. "7 Takeaways From A History-Making Election Night In St. Louis". St. Louis Public Radio. April 7, 2021. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  8. a b "Summary For CITYWIDE, All Counters, All Races FINAL OFFICIAL RESULTS" (PDF). St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  9. "Recent Poll Shows Tishaura Jones has Slight Lead in St. Louis City Mayor's Contest". Show Me Victories. 2021-03-30. Retrieved 2022-02-05.
  10. https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/poll-shows-jones-spencer-running-close-in-mayoral-race/article_1d6b4b59-447c-5b02-868d-0686f385fcb4.html
  11. https://www.showmevictories.com/news/recent-poll-shows-tishaura-jones-has-slight-lead-in-st-louis-city-mayors-contest/
  12. "Summary For CITYWIDE, All Counters, All Races FINAL OFFICIAL RESULTS" (PDF). St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners. Retrieved 23 July 2021. Note: Using the "cards counted" number for percentages in table rather than the Board of Election Commissioners reported percentages.
  13. a b Richey, Erin (April 7, 2021). "Analysis: Ward-by-ward breakdown of how St. Louis voted for mayor". KSDK. Retrieved April 10, 2021.