4:34 pm Jun. 27, 2012
In the end, Charles Barron didn't have a base.
According to the preliminary returns from the city Board of Elections, Barron's primary opponent, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, won every Assembly district in the new eighth congressional district yesterday, including the one represented by Barron's wife, Inez.
Jeffries even won on Barron's block, beating the councilman in his own electoral district in East New York, 57 votes to Barron's 50.
Barron attempted to portray Jeffries as the candidate of white special interests, and the conventional wisdom, for what it's worth now, was that Barron would have a lock on the areas covered by his own Council district and his wife's Assembly district.
The most closely contested Assembly district was, in fact, the one represented by Inez Barron, but Jeffries still won there, with 3,349 votes to Barron's 3,024 (about 52.5 percent).
The corresponding conventional wisdom was that Jeffries would win big in his own district, though Barron often challenged that notion, citing the fact he beat Ed Towns in Jeffries' Assembly district in 2006, which led Jeffries to invoke Patrick Ewing in promising he wouldn't lose his own backyard.
Jeffries did win it, by more than 3,000 votes. He got 4211 votes in the district, to Barron's 939.
The campaign was supposed to have been fought in the contested territory of Bedford-Stuyvesant, where signs for both candidates dotted storefronts and Barron had an informal campaign headquarters. But Jeffries won that area too: 3679 votes to 2083 (63.8 percent).
The most lopsided area, at least by percentage, were the portions of the district where Barron's criticism of Israel attracted the most attention. Jeffries won the heavily white and Jewish 45th AD, covering Manhattan Beach and Brighton Beach, with nearly 98 percent of the vote (796 votes to just 17).
Barron has called for a recount.