As the AP reported, Thompson crushed Bloomberg among Latinos and African-Americans. Bloomberg did well with Whites and Asians (so much for the John Liu for Comptroller coattails theory).
There is much more dissection to be done on this race, by much more qualified people than myself. But here’s a takeaway – in 2005, during Bloomberg’s first re-election, his opponent garnered 503,219 votes. Last night, his opponent got 506,717. Meanwhile, votes for Bloomberg dropped from 678,444 to 557,059 – an 18% drop. Combine that with getting crushed in two core communities, and you end up with last night.