New York’s mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio has built the most diverse coalition of voters in the history of the city’s elections. He scarcely missed outright winning primary elections to become the Democrat party’s mayoral nominee. De Blasio fell short of the 40% tally that would have avoided an Oct. 1 run-off election.
He succeeded in garnering (44%) men, (42%) women, (46%) whites, (44%) blacks and (41%) Hispanics electoral votes. He had the political support of most of the religious organizations in the city and prominent numbers over broad voting ages. Most New Yorkers seem to favor him because of his broad appeal and progressive campaign style.
De Blasio was lesser known in politics as compared with Bill Thompson, former NYC comptroller and Christine Quinn, city council. Thompson finished second with 26% of the vote and Quinn finished third in the election turnout. Quinn was the initial favorite promoted in the media and was slated to win with little concern in regards to the competition.
New York’s mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio built a diverse coalition that catapulted him miles ahead of established veteran New York City politicians. This 52-year-old positioned his campaign opposite of Mayor Bloomberg’s “stop and frisk” policy which was an essential tactic to his campaign. Exit polls documented that the public was unhappy with the policy and De Blasio successfully implemented it into his political strategy for votes.
He overcame an early fourth place position among the field of candidates with a strong finish in the primary. New York’s last Democratic mayor was David Dinkins, and De Blasio displays great promise of being the next one to tow the line. It is well noted that, in past elections, New York voters have drifted towards Republican nominated mayoral candidates in final election voting.
Bloomberg and Giuliani were both Republican mayors that have led the city into the new millennia. Although the Democrats have gotten more of the media attention lately, Republicans are not to be taken lightly. Lhota, former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, won the Republican nomination with 52% of the vote.
Anthony Weiner had a dismal campaign fraught with scandal and sexual misconduct allegations which hurt his election prospects. The media attention he got during his initial days of campaigning was positive before his public disgrace.
Observers are of the opinion that the city is leaning towards a Democratic mode of leadership for the upcoming mayoral race. New York’s mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio has build a diverse coalition that has put him on the path to capturing the coveted position of mayor in the city of New York.
By: Thomas Barr