Bronx Is Solid Obama Country
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Bronx County is considered Barack Obama territory. The Democratic borough, which no longer has any Republican elected officials, is expected to turn out in big numbers.
"I'm going to vote for Obama,” said a voter on Fordham Road. “We need a change, it's about time. For all of us, not only me.”
Along Fordham Road, voters said they were diehard in their support of getting the Democratic nominee into the White House.
"I really do think the country needs a change,” said another voter. “And quite honestly, Sarah Palin scares the hell out of me and if she is that close to the White House, we can't have that.
It is definitely Barack Obama and Joe Biden, go Democrats."
"I don't agree with the whole big business, trickle-down economy kind of stuff,” said a third voter. “I believe that you have to start from the bottom up and build it up."
Bruce Berg, a Fordham political science professor, says the economic crisis is a big factor for Bronx voters.
“Given the fact that for every Wall Street job that is lost, there are going to be two or three others jobs lost. And I suspect many of those are held by Bronx residents,” said Berg. "I suspect that there is a great motivation by the citizens of the Bronx to get out and vote for candidates that are promising to address those issues."
There are 539,976 registered Democrats in the Bronx, compared to 51,457 Republicans.
Not only do Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 10-to-1, but this year’s 56,709 newly-registered Democrats outnumber the entire Republican registration.
By comparison, only 2,955 Republicans registered this year in the Bronx.
"We can't handle any more Republicans,” said a Bronx resident. “It has been eight years, enough is enough."
As expected, the vote in presidential elections has also been overwhelmingly Democratic.
In 2000, 256,322 Bronx residents voted for Democrat Al Gore compared to only 33,224 for Republican George W. Bush.
In 2004, while 53,738 voted for Bush’s re-elected, 276,938 voters pulled the lever for John Kerry.
The borough is expected to create a similar turnout Tuesday.
"Gee, I have been waiting for this day all of my life,” said a Bronx resident. “You know, I have been waiting for a black man to be able to stand up and show we can do anything that any one else can do my whole life."
Other Bronx residents say it is nice that Barack Obama is a black man, but they say that if he is elected, they want to see some of those changes he has been talking about.