African-American vote divided in NYC mayor's race - New York News

African-American vote divided in NYC mayor's race

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By JONATHAN LEMIRE

NEW YORK (AP) - Strong support from black voters nearly carried Bill Thompson to an upset of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg four years ago.

But Thompson, who is African-American, is facing a stiff challenge this year from the race's front-runner, Bill de Blasio, who has resonated with black voters as a harsh critic of NYPD discrimination and the father of interracial children.

Thompson's team believes black voters will break for him on the Sept. 10 primary. But de Blasio leads in the polls.

One political pundit says it's a "mistake" to call the African-American vote monolithic. And a voter says de Blasio has "truth inside of him."

Thompson won the support of 78% of black voters in 2009. His team is readying a last-minute get-out-the-vote drive to rally that support again.

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