Racial politics color New York City’s looming mayoral race


NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s massive minority population is one reason Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a nearly unassailable position on the eve of Tuesday’s primary election, despite a first term with plenty of political missteps.

De Blasio has won acclaim in many majority-minority neighborhoods after enacting changes in policing and education policies that benefited immigrants and minorities. He’s expanded free preschool education dramatically and kept crime at historic lows. He also alienated some police officers who question whether he’s more committed to the Black Lives Matter movement than to the party’s traditional white, working-class base.

The story of de Blasio’s 2017 re-election in some ways mirrors that of the Democratic Party’s broader struggle with racial politics in the age of President Donald Trump.

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