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New York - 9th District

Incumbent -- Anthony Weiner (D) ; Defeated by Wendy Long, R, in a primary for the U.S. Senate on June 26, 2012

Safe Democratic
Race Ratings Key

CQ Politics rates this race as "Safe," meaning the incumbent party is virtually certain to win the seat.


District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

The Democratic-leaning, white-majority 9th takes in north-central and western Queens and slides along the Jamaica Bay coastline into southeastern Brooklyn. Almost 70 percent of residents live in Queens.

The district extends westward from near Nassau County at the edge of Oakland Gardens through Fresh Meadows and Hillcrest to Forest Hills. There are some wealthy communities in Queens in the northern arm of the district.

The 9th narrows and runs south from Forest Park -- the third-largest park in Queens and home to free Queens Symphony Orchestra concerts each summer -- to take in part of the Woodhaven, Ozone Park and Lindenwood neighborhoods. In these areas, Hispanics now outnumber whites, and the Asian population is rapidly expanding.

The district also takes in much of the Rockaway area in far southwestern Queens along the Atlantic Ocean. Breezy Point, a tight-knit private community at the tip of the Rockaways, is a traditionally Irish-American enclave. In Brooklyn, the 9th includes Floyd Bennett Field, which was New York City's first municipal airport, and much of the Gateway National Recreation Area on Jamaica Bay. Farther west, Sheepshead Bay, a popular area fishing spot, has seen an influx of Russian immigrants.

Generally a Democratic stronghold, the 9th, particularly its Brooklyn portion, moved right in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. John McCain won the Brooklyn part with 57 percent of the 2008 presidential vote. The 9th was the only New York City district in which Barack Obama did not improve on John Kerry's 2004 presidential vote percentage. Obama was held to his second-lowest percentage (55 percent) of any New York City district here, but registered Democrats continue to outnumber Republicans by a more than 3-to-1 margin.

Major Industry

Service, finance, insurance


New York (pt.), 660,306


Howard Hughes' historic 1938 around-the-world flight started and ended at Floyd Bennett Field.




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