Bill de Blasio is the King of the Jews and it wasn’t even close. While Anthony Wiener had the record and Bill Thompson had the relationships, Bill de Blasio had the votes. He trounced Anthony Weiner, the only Jewish candidate, and Bill Thompson among Jewish voters, the exit poll by Edison Research showed.
According to the exit poll, Jews made up 19% of the electorate in the Democratic primary, ultimately playing a determining factor in handing Mr. de Blasio a decisive victory. Overall, Mr. de Blasio received 39% of the Jewish vote citywide, Quinn received 24% of the Jewish vote, Thompson 22% and Weiner a mere 4 percent.
A pre-election day poll published September 9 by NBC 4 NY/WSJ/Marist had Jewish Democrats split relatively evenly among Quinn, de Blasio, and Thompson.
“This is like a post-racial election. I don’t know if I could ever remember a race where a black guy is (close to) losing the black vote, the woman is losing the woman vote, the Jewish guy is losing the Jewish vote. It’s quite impressive,” Edison Research Executive Vice President Joe Lenski said.
In Borough Park, Bill Thompson, who was considered to be the favorite among orthodox Jews, won only 5 precincts, ultimately losing in all the remaining precincts 2-1 to Bill de Blasio. On the other hand, Bill Thompson carried almost every precinct in the Jewish neighborhoods in Williamsburg.
Bill de Blasio won Borough Park with 47% compared to 31% for Bill Thompson. Salgado in 3rd place with 8% pic.twitter.com/p30jzjjqZA
— Jacob Kornbluh (@jacobkornbluh) September 11, 2013
De Blasio won Borough Park by a wide margin, but Thompson won Midwood and many of the southeast Brooklyn Jewish neighborhoods. Theories? — Zach S-W (@nerdosyndical) September 11, 2013
Wonder if the key to this primary are the Hasidic blocs. Look at the numbers for de Blasio in Crown Heights, Kensington, Boro Park. — Ryan Goldberg (@goldbergryan) September 11, 2013
Could Bill Thompson have tried any harder to win Boro Park? I guess he got a voting district or two out of it.
— Xenocrypt (@xenocryptsite) September 11, 2013
— David G. Greenfield (@NYCGreenfield) September 11, 2013
We will have more updates on the Jewish vote once we crunch all the numbers and conduct a general analysis.
What remains to be seen is, how Mr. de Blasio would fare in the general against the Republican Joe Lhota, who himself is Jewish, in the neighborhoods that are considered to be one of the largest Republican strongholds in general elections.