Here’s something I didn’t get to squeeze into my story about the potential impact of Barack Obama’s nomination on New York politics: in the February 5 primary, 276,076 of the Democrats who voted in New York City had never voted before.
That’s according to Jerry Skurnik, a Democratic consultant and professional number-cruncher. Skurnik explained the demographics of those voters: "Twelve percent are under 25 years old, versus 6.5 percent of all Democrats in New York City, and 39 percent are under 35 years old, versus 24 percent of all Democrats in New York City.”
He went on to say that 62 percent of them were women (whereas 59 percent of city Democrats are women) and nine percent of them registered to vote in 2007.
When I asked him which mayoral candidate these new voters are likely to support, he said it was unclear. "We don’t know who they voted for," he said. "I don’t know. That’s why you run campaigns."