NYC Voted Bluer Than Blue for Obama

President scored 81% of city's vote, best in a century
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2013 8:21 AM CST
NYC Voted Bluer Than Blue for Obama
President Barack Obama smiles as he speaks about the fiscal cliff, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Not since the five boroughs joined together in 1898 has New York City seen such overwhelming support for a presidential candidate: President Obama won 81% of the city's vote, to Mitt Romney's 18%, underlining New York's deep blue politics, Bloomberg notes. Republicans haven't managed a quarter of the vote in the past six presidential elections, and no GOP candidate has won the city since Calvin Coolidge.

President Obama even beat his own 2008 showing of 79%, though fewer voted this time around: 2.45 million compared to 2.62 million in 2008 in the city of 8.2 million. The news comes as "demographic shifts are permanently changing the political landscape," says an analyst. New York's population consists mostly of minorities; now, it's "a more minority city than it already was," he adds. Obama's narrowest margin of victory came in Staten Island, with 51% of the vote, and he actually lost ground in Manhattan, where he slipped from 2008's 86% of the vote to 84%. (More President Obama stories.)

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