In 2012, Barack Obama pummeled Mitt Romney in New York City 81-18, with Obama winning 51% of Staten Island, 79% of Queens, 82% of Brooklyn, 84% of Manhattan, and 91% of the Bronx.
But white New Yorkers are more protective of their own turf. After black Democrat David Dinkins’ single term in 1990-1993, the Democratic candidate lost the next five mayoral elections.
But all that changed forever two years ago when Bill de Blasio was elected as a sort of black-in-law Democrat.
Or maybe not.
From the New York Times:
By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM, ALEXANDER BURNS and DALIA SUSSMAN
NOVEMBER 17, 2015
Nearing the midpoint of his term, Mayor Bill de Blasio is confronting a city that is deeply divided about his ability to lead, with his efforts to create a more liberal New York overshadowed by growing worries about homelessness and crime, a new poll finds.
Nowhere is that concern more visible than among a group, long cool to Mr. de Blasio, that he has now decisively lost: whites.
Just 28 percent of white New Yorkers approve of the Democratic mayor’s performance, and 59 percent now disapprove, up sharply from the start of his term, according to a citywide poll conducted by The New York Times and Siena College. …
Mr. de Blasio’s support among white residents has descended to a level so dismal that it has challenged a core assumption of his political strategy: that in a diversifying city, moderate white voters had lost much of their electoral influence, and that the mayor’s path to re-election runs through nonwhite communities.
… Mr. de Blasio, whose black wife and biracial children are central to his image as a champion of multiethnic New York, secured his mayoralty with substantial black support. But he also won in white liberal enclaves like brownstone Brooklyn and the Upper West Side of Manhattan, places where his stock has since fallen.