Christine Quinn Won Four Percent of Votes in Majority-Black Neighborhoods


In East New York, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn got 3.7 percent of the vote. In Brownsville, 3.3 percent. In South Jamaica, 3.2 percent. In Canarsie, 2.7 percent. In East Flatbush, 1.6 percent.

In all, four percent of voters in majority-black neighborhoods chose Quinn for mayor in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, according to election data gathered by the New York Times. That was the fifth lowest total, behind even John Liu and Anthony Weiner. In neighborhoods that are three-quarters or more black–mostly in central Brooklyn and southeast Queens–Quinn took 2.7 percent of the vote.

Not a good look in a city that is more than a quarter black.

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Quinn, who won 15.5 percent of the overall city vote, performed closer to her average among Hispanic and Asian voters. She got 11.8 percent in majority-Hispanic neighborhoods, which put her third behind Thompson and de Blasio, and 10.8 percent in majority-Asian neighborhoods, in which Liu took 42.2 percent.

Majority-white neighborhoods gave Quinn 25.8 percent of their votes.

In many ways, her abysmal showing in black neighborhoods reflected the causes for her campaign’s collapse across most other voter blocs. From policing tactics to economic opportunities, the abstract issues that lost her support on the Upper West Side are real life obstacles in East Flatbush.

Though she has recently voiced opposition to stop-and-frisk, she was endorsed by Mayor Mike Bloomberg, the policy’s biggest fanboy, and she vowed to keep NYPD police chief Ray Kelly, the policy’s general. In the meantime, there was de Blasio, preaching about the “two cities,” a concept folks in Brownsville and South Jamaica and many other neighborhoods are more than familiar with.