The city's next mayor has skillfully styled himself as the anti-Bloombergby Annalies Winny / September 16, 2013 / Leave a comment
For months now, New York’s Democratic mayoral candidates have been strategically touring the streets of the five boroughs courting key voter blocs: Jews in Williamsburg, Hispanics in Spanish Harlem, blacks in central Brooklyn, white liberals on the Upper West Side, Chinese immigrants in Queens.
This year’s mayoral election, marking the end of Michael Bloomberg’s 12-year reign, has been optimistically billed by some as “post-racial.” That may be overstating the case, but this year, New York’s voting tribes are blurred to say the least.
In Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Bill de Blasio romped home with 40 per cent of the votes, the percentage needed to avoid a runoff with second-place candidate Bill Thompson, who took 26 per cent. Thompson, who has relied on support from key black leaders in New York, performed poorly among the black community on Tuesday, perhaps because—in the words of Brian Lehrer, the veteran host of WNYC radio’s flagship politics program— “black voters vote for the black candidate that they think can win.”