News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Sept. 13, 2013: Caribbean American voters clearly gave Public Advocate Bill de Blasio the edge in the Tuesday, September 10th Primary elections, exit poll data shows.
In West Indian populated areas in Queens, the Bronx and Brooklyn, considered as simply “black” neighborhoods by pollsters, the vote was overwhelmingly de Blasio over former Comptroller Bill Thompson, who claims roots in St. Kitts.
In Springfield Gardens, Queens, a haven for Caribbean immigrant homeowners, data showed 67 percent of all voters chose de Blasio, endorsed by News Americas, compared to just 8.7 for Thompson.
In Jamaica, Queens, also home to thousands of Caribbean nationals, it was also over 50 percent for de Blasio compared to just over 22 percent for Thompson while in Rosedale, Queens, home to hundreds of Jamaicans, it was also a 50 plus percentile vote in favor of de Blasio but Thompson managed to secured just over 30 percent of those votes as well.
In Tremont in the Bronx, home to many Guyanese and Jamaican migrants, the favorite was also de Blasio, who captured over 40 percent of votes in West Indian neighborhoods there compared to less than 20 percent for Thompson.
And in Flatbush, Brooklyn, home to thousands of Caribbean nationals, de Blasio captured almost 60 percent of the votes on average in this area compared to less than 40 for Thompson.
Across the city, de Blasio secured 77,291 black votes to date compared to 55,891 for Thompson. City Council Speaker Christin Quinn received the least percentage of black votes city-wide with just 6,592. Even famed sexting former Congressman, Anthony Weiner did better, capturing 8,534 while Asian American comptroller, John Liu, was behind with 7,729.
Tuesday night’s unofficial tally showed de Blasio with slightly more than the 40 percent margin needed for an outright victory and far ahead of Thompson’s 26 percent share.But there are 60,000 absentee and affidavit ballots yet to be counted.
The Daily News on Thursday reported that Thompson is on the brink of conceding defeat to de Blasio.