Berned out! Brooklynites choose Clinton over Sanders in blunder-plagued primary

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Feel the spurn!

Brooklynites rejected hometown boy Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vermont) in favor of establishment choice Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election, with around 60 percent of borough Democrats opting for the former New York senator — despite the Midwood-born pol heavily canvassing Kings County over the past two weeks, successfully demanding a high-profile debate on his native turf, and drawing almost 30,000 people to Prospect Park on Sunday.

The primary itself was plagued by bungled enrollments, dysfunctional polling sites, and the revelation that 126,000 names on the Brooklyn rolls were quietly purged last year, and Sanders supporters believe the problems damaged the self-professed socialist’s numbers.

“Our phones and messages were going crazy with people who didn’t find their names at the polls and had voted Democrat in the past,” said Bay Ridge activist and Sanders volunteer Linda Sarsour, one of many surrogates, pols, and supporters who gathered at a Park Slope bar to watch the results roll in. “I feel like many of the ones that were turned away would have voted for Bernie Sanders.”

But most claimed the biggest problem in translating Sanders’ local hype into votes was New York’s rigid primary system, in which only those who had registered as a Democrat by October last year — before many had heard of the septuagenarian senator — could cast a ballot.

“All of these new voters that Bernie Sanders has turned on, all of these people who are just catching the fire of the Sanders campaign, were excluded,” said Fort Greene filmmaker and Sanders surrogate Josh Fox, who claimed the local Democratic establishment has deliberately “rigged” the system that way to keep insurgent candidates like Sanders out.

But one local Clinton fan said he thought the results were an accurate reflection of the borough’s support for his candidate, a two-term senator who beat President Obama here in the 2008 primary.

“When you don’t win, you want to look for reasons,” said Carroll Gardens resident Mike Racioppo, noting that he did just that when John Kerry lost in 2004. “[Clinton] has a strong record here, good ties, and there was a lot of important institutional support behind her … To me, it was not surprising there was very strong turnout and support.”

Sanders did win some neighborhoods — his strongest support came in Greenpoint, where he ultimately scored around 64 percent of the vote.

He also did particularly well in the Southern Brooklyn nabes of Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst, which Sarsour attributes to strong support amongst local immigrants who she claimed the Clinton campaign ignored.

“The areas where Sanders did well in Bay Ridge are very highly concentrated immigrant communities,” said Sarsour, who heads the Arab-American Association of New York. “These are discounted communities.”

Clinton did best in predominantly black neighborhoods, including East Flatbush, Canarsie, Brownsville, and East New York, and also dominated tony Brooklyn Heights, where her campaign headquarters is based.

Meanwhile, in the Republican race, Donald Trump — the only candidate who didn’t bother to step foot in Brooklyn while on the campaign trail — nevertheless came up trumps in the borough, sweeping Southern Brooklyn.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich picked up a handful of Brownstone nabes while Sen. Ted Cruz (R–Texas) won in areas boasting large Orthodox Jewish populations — Borough Park, Crown Heights, and the Hasidic part of Williamsburg.

Clinton and Trump also won in the rest of New York state, both securing around 60 percent of their respective voters.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Updated with more comments.
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Trollerskates from Moving Target says:
I guess it's safe to finally check my Facebook feed again.
April 20, 2016, 9:10 am
Annette from Greenpoint says:
Just because she swims with the sharks, doesn't make her one.
April 20, 2016, 9:51 am
Z from Bay Ridge says:
Interesting map from NY Times, breaking down the results by neighborhood
April 20, 2016, 9:59 am
Rachel from Bay Ridge says:
Proud that my hood felt the Bern!
April 20, 2016, 10:03 am
Eric from Williamsburg says:
Jumping someone else's train only takes you so far.
April 20, 2016, 10:24 am
Bernie or Bust from Williamsburg says:
This election was rigged.

Farm animals upstate in the counties Bernie won were not allowed to vote, thus keeping his margins of victory small.

Too much emphasis on the unrepresentative Deep South: South Ozone Park, Alabama Ave., Georgia Ave., the South Shore of Long Island, the Southern Tier, etc.

No extra votes for enthusiastic Facebook posters or going to big Bernie rallies in the parks.

Cheating by one candidate trying to appeal to minority voters.

The results show Bernie lost his own block on East 26th Street by Madison HS. How is that even possible????

I will never, ever vote again. This November, I will not vote twice.
April 20, 2016, 10:39 am
stanchaz from Greenpoint-BernieLand says:
This is why Bernie CAN'T quit the race:

Nationwide Polling:
Hillary 50%
Bernir 48%
Hillary Clinton Favorable Rating
39% Favorable
56% Unfavorable
Bernie Sanders Favorable Rating
49% Favorable
40% Unfavorable
April 20, 2016, 10:40 am
stanchaz from Greenpoint-BernieLand says:
Re the above the snarky comment above: As I understand it from Times interviews with people living on Bernie's old block, he may have lost there because of naturalized Russian immigrants and family members who mistake Bernie's democratic socialism from the vastly differnt authocratic communism from which they escaped.
Some "farm animal"s are more equal then others in our rigged system - if they have the $$$.
The South is not representative of the US or its values- --look at the way they'r trying to stop people from voting thru voter ID laws etc etc.
You WISH you had the energy and enthisuiam of Bernire's rallies and supporters!!! Ha ha ha
Better to have BOTh candidates apeal to minority voters than to denigrate them as the Republi-cant's do time and time again.
April 20, 2016, 10:50 am
P. Morand from Greenpoint says:
Stanchaz, And Hillary is not Putin.

I btw am an longtime active Decomcratic voter, whose registration was purged. To hell with hyped up Sanders broadstroke, whitewashing conspiracy theories. Trump may have conjured some truly guttural laughs, but he is not a hollow threat.
April 20, 2016, 12:06 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Stanchaz, I'd rather have the votes of Hillary's campaign than the energy and enthusiasm of Bernie's. That's how you win elections. Getting people to vote for you.
April 20, 2016, 12:47 pm
Andre from Bushwick says:
'follow us', Vox brainwashing needs to stop.
April 20, 2016, 1:27 pm
Nick from BedStuy says:
This election was a total joke, and Brooklyn BOE executive director Michael Ryan needs to resign. At best, this was a the product of mismanagement and incompetence, and at worst, election rigging. Either way, some bureaucrats need to lose their jobs.

It was bad enough that the BOE sent out letters to 60,000 new voters that the primary was in September, and then followed up with a "correction" that also said the primary is in September, without specifying which.
Then they purged 125,000 Democrats from Brooklyn alone. "Whole blocks and buildings" according to de Blasio were removed, and the Borough Hall poll site coordinator told CNN that around 10 percent of people who showed up had been removed. Personally, I voted, but the guy in front of me had been removed and had to file an affidavit. I have since heard from friends who were blocked. One friend told me he didn't file an affidavit because it would probably would not be counted, or would be lost--as happened to 200,000 ballots in 2010. On top of all of this, on election day, the BOE had polling places shuttered, machines that did not work, long lines, and a host of other issues.

If it wasn't rigged, it looks rigged, and the appearance of this kind of debacle undermines the election's legitimacy and discourages voters from turning up. I don't believe that Sanders would have won anyway, but with up to 7 percent of the statewide voters removed in Brooklyn alone, this draws into question the landslide result. This needs to be investigated by an independent commission, and not a Clinton super-delegate like Scott Stringer. At the end of this, I hope we see some reforms, and some NY bureaucrats unemployed.
April 20, 2016, 4:47 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Enough with acting like a sore loser. The primary came and went with Hillary as the winner. She won this in a commanding landslide over Sanders, which shows how popular she really is here. This is despite the fact that Sanders had larger crowds and even outspent her. Even my therapist believed that most of those who supported him did it mainly for the hype and nothing else whereas those that knew what was going on were more likely to go for Hillary. As for the vote purging, that has nothing to do with Hillary as that was probably an issue long before this primary, so don't use her as a scapegoat for that. Nevertheless, I was proud to cast my vote for her yesterday.
April 20, 2016, 5:16 pm
HONEY Pooter from Williamsburg says:
Old Boney Handles went back to Vermont to cry. He really hates Brooklyn and couldn't wait to get out of here as quickly as he could.
April 20, 2016, 5:33 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
The media keeps harping on the low turnout.
But, around 3 million NYers are registered independent (could not vote) and another 125,000 were thrown off the rolls, in Brooklyn alone.
There is your low turnout and your "big" Hillary win... as planned.

The question is what happens in CA (semi-open primary) and can Hillary beat Donald Trump (or whichever schmuck) in the general?
One would think she could but I'm not 100% convinced. Should she win the nomination on stupor delegates and lose the general.... oh boy, the hell to be paid!
April 20, 2016, 7:03 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
You all do know that NY is an immensely corrupt state on both side the isle right? And also the capitol of the Democratic establishment.
April 20, 2016, 7:07 pm
Alberto from Bay Ridge says:
Sanders is leading his constituents on with unrealistic expectations. He is no better than Trump.
April 20, 2016, 9:34 pm
Ed from Bklyn says:
To "Bernie or Bust from Williamsburg" -- good satire. Thank you!
April 20, 2016, 9:35 pm
Jay Pelc from Brooklyn Heights says:
See, that damned cruz rigged the primary again against Trump... This whole system is rigged and undemocratic and fixed say Trump and his supporters....OH NO WAIT, APPARENTLY everything in NY was on the up and up!! The system is only corrupt when widdle DONNIE DOSENT WIN....not a smidgen of corruption in THE NY PRIMARY
April 20, 2016, 9:50 pm
samir kabir from downtown says:
I thought Bernie was from Greenpoint, not Midwood.
April 21, 2016, 8:35 am
Bernie or Bust from Williamsburg says:
News sources now say $hillary will be indicted for fixing the primary using the dirty trick of getting more people to vote for her than Bernie could. That is the oldest politician's trick in the book! She will be in jail soon for vote-getting.
April 21, 2016, 11:33 am
Nick from Bedstuy says:
It's funny to hear comments expressing faith in the election results at the same time that two out of three people that previously ran New York, Democrat Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver and Republican Senate President Dean Skelos, (the third being Gov. Cuomo,) have been convicted on corruption charges, and are awaiting sentencing. The federal prosecutor recommended two decades in Silver's case, which for him will likely be a life sentence. This is the level of corruption we have in NY. This is why we need an independent investigation when tens of thousands of voters suddenly find they cannot vote.
April 21, 2016, 3:54 pm
TOM from Brooklyn says:
Do you think it was Muslim Democrats who put Bernie over the top in Bay Ridge & Dyker Heights?
I haven't seen any breakdowns as yet.
April 21, 2016, 6:27 pm

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