There will be plenty of time to take a deeper look at last night’s results but here are a few quick thoughts I have at 3 a.m. following the primary.
• What’s with Democrats in New York City and that magic 40% mark? Three out of the last five Democratic mayoral primaries have had the top candidate hovering around 40% and leaving New Yorkers unsure that night whether there would be a runoff.
• Bad behavior (or alleged bad behavior) sometimes gets punished. Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer, Vito Lopez, and Micah Kellner all lost.
• Runoff or not, Bill de Blasio’s appeal was widespread, across every borough and every major demographic group. Exit polls showed de Blasio splitting the black vote with Bill Thompson (42% to 42%), winning with women over Christine Quinn (39% to 26%) and even beating Quinn with the gay vote (47% to 34%).
• While Democratic primary voters were split over the mayor’s approval rating (48% to 49%), they overwhelmingly (75%) want to see the city moving in a different direction.
• Amazingly, Christine Quinn was more unpopular with voters than Eliot Spitzer with 57% disapproving of her versus 43% against Spitzer.