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How Brooklyn Voted in the Presidential Election

BK Reader takes a look at the New York State and City unofficial election night results in Brooklyn and other boroughs as votes continue to be counted
Voters in Bed-Stuy, 2020. Photo: Anna Bradley-Smith for BK Reader.

Unsurprisingly, New York City voted overwhelmingly for Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. However, what was not overwhelming was Democratic support compared to the 2016 election.

So far, unofficial results released by the state and city boards of elections show Democrats losing ground in the city and Trump gaining support. Biden has 72.6% of votes and Trump has 25.94%. In 2016, Clinton got 79.46% of the vote and Trump got 18.15%, according to state BOE numbers.

We took a look at those numbers borough-by-borough to see what trends were appearing.

*all these numbers are subject to change as mail-in ballots will continue to be accepted until Nov. 10


Brooklyn saw a drop in Democratic support on 2016, with just under three-quarters of voters at 73.61% casting their votes for Biden, totalling 514,133 votes. Trump received 25.02% of the votes, or just more than one-quarter, totalling 174,731. In the borough, there are 1,555,426 registered voters.

In 2016, Trump received just over 17.6% of the vote, with 141,044 votes. Democrats received 640,553 votes.

Current numbers could change with the counting of the hundreds of thousands of absentee ballots sent out, given absentee voters tend to lean Democratic. Mail-in ballots will be accepted until Nov. 10, so we can expect a clearer picture in coming weeks.

Thus far, Central and East Brooklyn have shown strong Democratic support, unofficial BOE data shows. In Assembly Districts 42 and 43, which cover Flatbush and Crown Heights, 63,951 votes were cast for Biden and 9,051 people voted for Trump.

In Assembly Districts 56, and 57, which cover Bed-Stuy, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene and Prospect Heights, Biden got 71,452 votes and Trump received 3,678.

And in Assembly Districts 55, 58 and 60, which cover parts of Bed-Stuy, Brownsville, East New York and East Flatbush, 99,840 people voted for Biden and 6,033 people voted for Trump.


In Queens, Biden got 68.51% of the vote totalling 412,393 votes. In 2016, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won 517,220 votes. This year, Trump has so far got 30.11% of votes, or 181,225. In 2016, that number was 149,341.


In Manhattan, Biden has 83.89% of the votes, or 377,605 total, and Trump has 14.44%, or 65,001. In 2016, Clinton got 579,013 votes and Trump got 64,930.


In the Bronx, Biden got 271,835 votes or 81.93% and Trump has so far received 55,849 votes or 16.83%. In 2016, Clinton got 353,646 votes and Trump got 37,797.

Staten Island

Staten Island is the only borough predominantly supporting Trump, giving him 110,094 votes or 61.24%. Biden has received 67,223 votes or 37.39%. In 2016, Trump got 101,437 votes and Clinton got 74,143.

Across the city, state and country there was record voter turnout this year at more than 150 million, boosting the number of votes each party received in comparison to the 2016 election.

New York City residents had already cast 1.1 million votes ahead of Election Day and Brooklyn was the borough with the highest number of early voters in the 9-day early voting period.

Over the coming days and weeks, as mail-in ballots are counted, we will get a better picture of where the numbers in Brooklyn and New York really lie.