Undecided voters flip-flop before the Democratic primary election too
Thirty minutes before casting her vote in the Democratic mayoral primary Tuesday afternoon, Hilary Schwartz made a snap decision, voting for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn instead of Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
“I support de Blasio, but I want a runoff because I feel like I don’t know enough about him,” said Schwartz, 43, outside of her Chinatown polling site.
“He seems like he has a lot of good ideas, but then some of his ideas are kind of pie-in-the-sky,” she said, explaining her divided support of de Blasio and Quinn.
Schwartz was far from the only New Yorker making last-minute decisions before Tuesday’s election. In a Quinnipiac poll conducted over the weekend, 8 percent of likely Democratic primary voters were still undecided.
Another 18 percent of voters who expressed support for a particular candidate in the same poll said there was a “good chance” they’d change their minds before Tuesday’s election.
On the Lower East Side, Desiree Rodriquez, 64, admitted her support for current City Comptroller John Liu strayed briefly to former City Comptroller Bill Thompson.
But when she voted, Rodriquez was ultimately loyal to Liu.
“The things he said from the beginning are what really appeals to me,” she said. “I like that he wasn’t involved in that whole term limits thing at all.”
Last week, as the Democratic candidates faced off in the final televised debate, Marc Al decided to vote for de Blasio.
“I like Thompson very much, but it seems Bill de Blasio won’t suffer the same fate as David Dinkins,” Al said after voting in the East Village. “There was a lot of racism politics in his term, things happened and he was blamed for it.”
Silas Riener, of Chinatown, said he considered voting for both Quinn and former Congressman Anthony Weiner.
But in the end, Silas chose de Blasio for his stance on the arts, an issue important to the 29-year-old dancer.
“I was swayed on that,” he said.
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