February 13, 2008
Hillary and D.C.'s gays
Posted by: Chris
The strong gay support for Hillary Clinton evidenced in California and New York may have had an impact on yesterday's D.C. primary but not by anything like the same margins. According to the Washington Post, Barack Obama carried Ward 2, which includes neighborhoods like Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan with large gay populations, by a margin of 62% to Clinton's 37%, which is only somewhat less convincing than his overall D.C. margin of 75% to 24%.
Wards 2 and 3 (also 62% to 37%) are also the District's only majority-white wards, which along with gay support for Hillary could explain the discrepancy. In Ward 1, which is represented by openly gay D.C. Council member Jim Graham and includes Columbia Heights, Shaw and the U Street Corridor -- also popular areas for gays -- Obama did better (71% to 28%).
A large concentration of African American gays live in Precinct 112 in Ward 8, but the Post doesn't breakdown results by precinct and Obama blew Clinton away in overall in the ward, 86% to 14%.
More when precinct-by-precinct results are available.
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