Dominican voting bloc creates battleground pockets across traditionally black Harlem | NY Daily News

By / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

New voting trends show uptown Dominicans flocking to the polls in increasing numbers.

New voting trends show uptown Dominicans flocking to the polls in increasing numbers.

It’s the uptown version of the purple state.

Dominicans are gnawing away at the once-stable black power base as new voting trends show Latinos throughout upper Manhattan — and especially in Harlem’s emerging battleground pockets — are flocking to the polls in increasing numbers.

A rising number of Hispanics are registering to vote in neighborhoods that were traditionally dominated by black residents.

The shifts are painting a new political landscape north of W. 125th St. — in precincts that helped David Dinkins, Basil Paterson, Percy Sutton and Charles Rangel build New York’s first black political stronghold.

The contested districts — which encompass Hamilton Heights, Sugar Hill and the Harlem-Washington Heights border — could be the decisive factor in Rangel’s bid to serve a 23rd term in Congress, experts said.

“You have to pay attention to the Dominicans. It would be a mistake not to,” said veteran Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf.

Read more: EXCLUSIVE: Dominican voting bloc creates battleground pockets across traditionally black Harlem – NY Daily News.

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