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

(Newser) – 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%.

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Jan 13, 2013 5:42 PM CST
New Yorkers aren't wildly impressed by people like Mitt Romney. Too many of them live here.
Jan 10, 2013 8:23 PM CST
The New Yorkers should start looking at their pay check deductions....because it is only the beginning.
Jan 10, 2013 12:16 PM CST
Why is this news? The citizens of Detroit voted 98% for Obama. Romney got only 6,016 votes in a city of over 700,000 people. I wonder why these jerks at Newser don't report on that? But "I guess the Lord must be in New York City"....not Detroit, right Newser staff?