2008-02-29 / Community

Official Numbers:West End Voted Hillary; East End Obama

By Miriam Rosenberg

Three weeks after the February 5 Super Tuesday primary elections, the city's Board of Elections (BOE) has finally certified the official results.

The numbers show that Rockaway residents, as is true with those in the rest of the country, came out in huge numbers to make their voices heard in this year's contests.

The figures for the February 5 primary were posted Wednesday on the BOE website and those results reflect a split somewhat along racial lines among Rockaway Democrats.

The 31st Assembly District on the east end, represented by Assemblywoman Michele Titus, went for Senator Barack Obama with 7,428 votes versus Hillary Clinton's 6,111 votes.

In the 23rd Assembly District, which is represented by Audrey Pheffer and cuts across the east to west ends, voters pulled the lever for Clinton overwhelmingly with 7,181 votes, as opposed to Obama's 3,516 votes.

Both assembly districts cross into the two congressional districts that make up Rockaway, and include parts of the mainland. The 6th Congressional District, on the east end, is represented by Congressman Gregory Meeks and includes Far Rockaway, Bayswater and Arverne. There, Obama won 43,317 votes to Clinton's 33,908 votes.

The 9th Congressional District, which includes Belle Harbor, Broad Channel, Neponsit, Rockaway Park and Rockaway Beach is represented by Congressman Anthony Weiner, went for Clinton, with 28,081 votes to Obama's 11,169 votes.

The majority of Republicans in Rockaway gave the nod to Arizona Senator John McCain, who won the peninsula with 1,670 votes.

Democratic turnout in the 23rd Assembly District, totaling 11,062 votes, was more than twice that of four years ago. In addition, the turnout of 13,635 in the 31st Assembly district was more than three times the number of people who voted in 2004.

There are no numbers to compare this year's Republican turnout to 2004, when President George W. Bush ran unopposed.

Citywide, Clinton won with 527,941 votes (55.2 percent) against Obama's 413,898 votes (43.3 percent). Clinton also won New York State and was awarded the majority of the 281 delegates available.

In the winner take all Republican primary; McCain won all of New York State's delegates.

Certification of the vote in the city was delayed one week after a dispute arose concerning the initial poll numbers. According to the Associated Press, on February 16 the New York Times reported that Obama had failed to win any votes in almost 80 of the city's election districts.

Board of Elections officials pointed to human error as the cause of the undercount in Obama's votes on February 5, blaming poll workers and police officers who read and entered the unofficial numbers on election night.

The addition of absentee and other ballots, plus audits of disputed districts, added less than a percentage point to Obama's final total and did not affect the numbers of delegates each candidate won.

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