Bill de Blasio Trounces Rivals on Their Own Turf

Bill de Blasio in Chelsea on Friday.

Bill de Blasio in Chelsea on Friday.

Talk about hitting close to home.

As Bill de Blasio rocketed to victory in last night’s mayoral primary, his two leading rivals not only lost overall–they also got beat in their own election districts.

In City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s home Chelsea voting district, which is part of her larger council district, she fell to Mr. de Blasio 43 to 34 percent. While that 43 percent amounted to only 123 votes for the public advocate, it was nonetheless symbolic of his astounding night.

According to data compiled by The New York Times, Mr. de Blasio also won the nearby West Village outright, with 50 percent to Ms. Quinn’s 34 percent, as well as the area around Chelsea 42 percent to 39 percent. In contrast, Mr. de Blasio won his own Park Slope neighborhood by an overwhelming 63 to 22 percent.

Former Comptroller Bill Thompson, who is still hoping that he can eke into a possible runoff with Mr. de Blasio, fared better than Ms. Quinn on primary night, but still trailed in his own Harlem neighborhood. In Mr. Thompson’s election district, Mr. de Blasio defeated him 51 to 30 percent. In fact, the Times map shows Mr. de Blasio ahead across every Uptown neighborhood.

In the last days of the campaign it became clear that Mr. de Blasio was targeting the expected Quinn stronghold, making stops along Manhattan’s West Side, including Ms. Quinn’s Chelsea neighborhood.

Last Friday, Mr. de Blasio was warmly received as he posed for photos and glad-handed fawning voters suddenly enamored by his candidacy.

Vociferous critics of Ms. Quinn weren’t missing in action either. One local resident, wearing a Bill de Blasio sticker, explained why she reviled the council speaker.

“We can start with slush fund, then we can go to term limits, NYU expansion, Chelsea Market, affordable housing we don’t have,” railed Carol Demech, ticking off the reasons why she’d decided not to vote for Ms. Quinn and predicting–correctly–that she’d “be be kicked to the curb” at the polls yesterday.

Politicker asked Mr. de Blasio that night whether he’d considered the possibility of winning big in Ms. Quinn’s council district.

“I’m not thinking about that,” he said with a grin.

Bill de Blasio Trounces Rivals on Their Own Turf