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Most voters in NY6 primary were white

Asian vote was well below district total

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Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 11:03 am, Thu Sep 13, 2012.

New information on the electorate from the 6th Congressional District primary on June 26 shows a Democratic voting bloc that was far more white proportionally than the population of the district.

The new 6th CD is 40 percent white, 38 percent Asian, 18 percent Hispanic and 4 percent black.

But 51 percent of voters who cast ballots in the Democratic primary were white and only 28 percent were Asian, a stark contrast to the actual population of the district, which stretches from Bayside to Maspeth and includes Flushing and Forest Hills. Conversely, the percentages of black and Hispanic voters were close to district numbers.

Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) won the primary with 53 percent of the vote, defeating three white candidates — Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest), Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and Dr. Robert Mittman of Bayside. Turnout was just over 15 percent, the second highest of any primary race in the city after the Charles Rangel-Adriano Espailliat primary in Manhattan and the Bronx.

Meng faces Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) in November. If she wins, she would be the first Asian-American member of Congress from the East Coast and only the second Chinese-American woman in Congress.

In each of the other primaries citywide, including three others in Queens, turnout mimicked the district’s demographics much more closely. Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica) defeated three challengers in the 5th District primary, where turnout was 55 percent black, slightly more than the 50 percent black population; 18 percent of the voters were white. In the 7th Congressional District primary, where Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn) faced off against Councilman Erik Martin Dilan (D-Brooklyn), 39 percent of voters were Hispanic, close to the district’s 41 percent Latino total population. That district includes Woodhaven and Ridgewood.

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