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Mayor-elect Rick Kriseman's campaign takes swipe at black voters



How does Mayor-elect Rick Kriseman's campaign manager thank a group of voters who helped push Kriseman to victory?

Cesar Fernandez tells African-American voters that Kriseman didn't need them to win the election.

On Thursday, Fernandez sent several tweets about the Election Day turnout, saying that Kriseman won 67 of the city's 92 precincts. Citywide, Kriseman decisively defeated Mayor Bill Foster 56 percent to 44 percent.

Another tweet said Kriseman "did not need the African American vote to win, could have lost those precincts 45% to 55% and still have come out on top."

 Foster won the black vote in his 2009 race against Kathleen Ford. Many believed that this year's race would be decided by black voters.

Both Kriseman and Foster targeted the neighborhoods south of Central Avenue in the final weeks of the campaign. Many black residents accused Foster of not doing enough to help black residents since he took office in 2010.

Election records show that Kriseman would have still won the race by 1,000 votes even if the black votes went to Foster.

Still, Kriseman's wide margin of victory can be attributed to the support he won from 19 precincts in black neighborhoods.

But why discard the crucial votes on Twitter two days after the election? As Foster discovered Tuesday, black voters matter.


[Last modified: Monday, November 11, 2013 2:56pm]


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