Ekrem İmamoğlu, winning the Istanbul re-run with 54.03 percent of the vote and outdoing his rival Binali Yıldırım by 9 percent, broke the record set by former Istanbul Mayor Bedrettin Dalan 35 years ago.
Unofficial results in today’s Istanbul election re-do show that İmamoğlu received the votes of over half the population of Istanbul, with an 84.4 percent participation.
With this ratio, the CHP mayor-elect doubled the 25.2 percent vote current president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won within the 1994 local elections when he started his political career as the mayor of Istanbul.
Before İmamoğlu, the record for the biggest percentage of votes won in the greater Istanbul municipality belonged to Bedrettin Dalan, who on March 26, 1984, was elected the first mayor of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (which was established as such three days before Dalan took office) with 49.7 percent of the vote.
The mayors of greater Istanbul after 1980 and the percentages they won with are as follows:
2019 – Ekrem İmamoğlu: 54.2 percent
2014 – Kadir Topbaş: 47.9 percent
2009 – Kadir Topbaş: 44.7 percent
2004 – Kadir Topbaş: 45.3 percent
1999 – Ali Müfit Gürtuna: 27.5 percent
1994 – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: 25.2 percent
1989 – Nurettin Sözen: 35.6 percent
1984 – Bedrettin Dalan: 49.7 percent