ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — African-Americans, Latinos and Asians accounted for 29 percent of votes cast during the 2010 elections in New York state. That number is expected to increase to 30 or 31 percent in this year's election.
That's the prediction of Bruce Gyroy, a political consultant and adjunct professor of political science at the University at Albany.
During the 2010 election, exit polling showed Gov. Andrew Cuomo took 93 percent of the African-American vote and 81 percent of the Hispanic vote. The minority vote could be crucial to the campaigns of both Cuomo and any challenger.
Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino began his campaign for governor in the Bronx on Thursday. Census data show the Bronx is 36 percent African-American and 53 percent Latino.