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CQ Politics rates this race as "Safe," meaning the incumbent party is virtually certain to win the seat.
District Profile from Politics in America
Few districts in the nation are as ethnically and racially diverse as the 7th, which takes in part of northern Queens and the eastern part of the Bronx. Blacks, Hispanics and Asians each make up more than 15 percent of the population, with Hispanics a clear plurality at 44 percent.
A majority of the 7th's residents live in the district's northern tier in the Bronx. This area reaches as far west as the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden and as far north as Co-op City, which houses more than 15,000 apartments, and the Westchester County line. The Bronx portion also includes Morris Park, Pelham Bay and City Island, and the borough's half of the Throgs Neck Bridge. While portions of the Bronx struggle economically, the areas around Eastchester Bay have some of the borough's highest incomes. The health care industry and small retailers are major employers in the Bronx.
The district's southern portion climbs northeast from near the intersection of the Brooklyn-Queens and Long Island expressways (in the neighboring 12th) to take in Woodside, Jackson Heights, Elmhurst and LaGuardia Airport. This fast-growing area is heavily Hispanic and contributed to Queens' population boom during the 1990s. Jackson Heights and Woodside also have significant Indian populations. LaGuardia provides thousands of jobs here and, along with nearby John F. Kennedy International Airport (in the 6th), makes Queens a major transportation hub. East of the airport, the district also includes most of Flushing Bay, College Point and the Whitestone Bridge, and a small part of Flushing.
Like most New York City districts, the 7th strongly supports Democrats, although a bit less uniformly. It is generally middle-class with some lower-income sections. Barack Obama easily carried the district in the 2008 presidential election with 79 percent of the vote.
Airport, health care, service
New York (pt.), 667,632
The Maritime Industry Museum and SUNY Maritime College are at Fort Schuyler in Throgs Neck, where the East River hits Long Island Sound; the Bronx Zoo is the largest urban wildlife conservation facility in the nation.
|2010||general||Joseph Crowley (D)||71,247||80.5%|
|Ken Reynolds (R)||16,145||18.2%|
|Anthony Gronowicz (GREEN)||1,038||1.2%|
|2008||general||Joseph Crowley (D, WFM)||118,459||84.6%|
|William Britt (R, C)||21,477||15.3%|
|2006||general||Joseph Crowley (D, WFM)||63,997||84%|
|Kevin Brawley (R, C)||12,220||16%|
|2004||general||Joseph Crowley (D, WFM)||104,275||80.9%|
|Joseph Cinquemani (R, C)||24,548||19.1%|
|2002||general||Joseph Crowley (D, WFM)||50,967||73.3%|
|Kevin Brawley (R, C)||18,572||26.7%|
|2008||Barack Obama: 79%||John McCain: 20%|
|2004||John Kerry: 74%||George W. Bush: 25%|
|2000||Al Gore: 76%||George W. Bush: 21%|