NYC Mayoral Primary Tonight
by Scott Shields, Tue Sep 13, 2005 at 07:04:26 PM EDT
If you think this sounds blasphemous, check out this statistic. One recent poll offered Democratic primary voters a fictional contest in which Bloomberg was given as a choice. He actually would have beaten Democrats Fernando Ferrer 42% to 23%, with Congressman Anthony Weiner at 10% and Gifford Miller and C. Virginia Fields in the single digits. In reality, voter turnout today was quite low.
Even though Bloomberg runs as a Republican, he's perhaps the biggest RINO in the United States, actually giving tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates around the country throughout the nineties. (Oddly, this includes $1,000 each to now-Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jon Corzine.)
In order to win the primary without a runoff, a candidate needs 40% or more. As I write this, 99% of the vote has been counted. Ferrer has 39.93% of the vote. It's not yet clear if there will be a runoff, but there's already talk of a recount.
And that is when I go to bed.