Thursday, September 12, 2013

New York Mayoral Primaries: De Blasio Over the Rainbow

By Claudio Iván Remeseira | Posted Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 9:00 pm ET. Last modified: Wed., Sept. 18, at 6:30 am ET


UPDATED (Sept.18, 2013):  
Thompson Concedes Primary, Endorses de Blasio (CNN) 
1199 SEIU United George Gresham Basks in de Blasio's Glow (Observer.com)
The Compatibility of Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo (Capital New York)
Liberal Democrat to Face Fiscal Conservative on NY Mayoral Race (Reuters)
Tale of One of Two Cities (New York magazine)
From the Archives: How Bill de Blasio Defeated Christine Quinn (NYMagazine)


Bill de Blasio's resounding victory on the September 10 Mayoral Democratic primary, in which he garnered slightly more than 40 percent of the general vote and 14 percentage points more than the runner up, New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson, was a complete vindication of his audacious strategy--a strong liberal message that cut across racial and ethnic lines in order to build up what British paper The Guardian called "the most diverse coalition in modern history". Not a small feat for someone who cut his political teeth in the 1989 David Dinkins mayoral campaign. [Read more at The Daily Beast]

The scope of de Blasio's triumph is indeed extraordinary and might signal the birth of a true political phenomenon. According to exit poles, de Blasio won among men and women in general and among gay and straight voters as well; he won the white vote, the Latino vote, and got the same share of the black vote than Thompson; he won among all age and income groups; he won across religious groups; he won in the five boroughs; and having run an anti-Bloomberg campaign (his denunciation of the stop-and-frisk policy and of the growing economic inequality--the "two-cities" metaphor--being his two strongest punchlines), he even won among those who approve of Bloomberg's job as mayor.

In an long essay published at the Daily Beast, columnist Peter Beinert described de Blasio's Tuesday's night victory (which may still be subject to a runoff is "an omen of what may become the defining story of America’s next political era: the challenge, to both parties, from the left."
  

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