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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
The ethnically diverse 11th District, nestled in central Brooklyn, has remained majority-black despite changing demographics over the last decade; minorities overall make up almost three-fourths of the district's population.
At the heart of the 11th is Flatbush, a working-class neighborhood with a "country in the city" atmosphere that is still home to many black and Hispanic residents as well as Caribbean immigrants. In the district's far south, Midwood, traditionally an Orthodox Jewish center, has experienced an influx of diverse immigrant populations. Brownsville to the far east is heavily black, but white families have been moving in. The 11th extends northwest through Crown Heights, home to the world headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic Jews as well as a sizable black population. Like areas to the north (in the 10th), this area has seen recent gentrification, and some native residents have been priced out of their homes.
To the northwest, Prospect Park attracts more than 8 million visitors each year, and residents and visitors head to nearby Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, which lures enthusiasts to its Egyptology collection. Further west, the 11th includes affluent pockets in Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Heights.
Many residents work at the district's medical facilities, including Kings County Hospital Center and the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. Dramatic increases in the number of eclectic small businesses and restaurants have helped support the local economy for much of the last decade.
The 11th's GOP pockets have a minimal effect on elections: Barack Obama won more than 90 percent of the district's 2008 presidential vote.
Health care, retail
New York (pt.), 632,408
Ebbets Field, where the Brooklyn Dodgers played from 1913 to 1957, was demolished in 1960 and replaced by a housing complex; the West Indian Day Carnival Parade attracts millions of visitors each year on Labor Day.
|2010||general||Yvette Clarke (D)||104,297||90.5%|
|Hugh Carr (R)||10,858||9.4%|
|2008||general||Yvette Clarke (D, WFM)||168,562||92.8%|
|Hugh Carr (R)||11,644||6.4%|
|Cartrell Gore (C)||1,517||0.8%|
|2006||general||Yvette Clarke (D, WFM)||88,334||90%|
|Stephen Finger (R, LIBERT)||7,447||7.6%|
|Mariana Blume (C)||1,325||1.4%|
|Ollie McClean (FDM)||996||1%|
|2004||general||Major Owens (D, WFM)||144,999||94%|
|Lorraine Stevens (INDC)||4,721||3.1%|
|Sol Lieberman (C)||4,478||2.9%|
|2002||general||Major Owens (D, WFM)||76,917||86.6%|
|Susan Cleary (R, INDC)||11,149||12.6%|
|Alice Gaffney (C)||798||0.9%|
|2008||Barack Obama: 90%||John McCain: 9%|
|2004||John Kerry: 86%||George W. Bush: 13%|
|2000||Al Gore: 87%||George W. Bush: 9%|