Black Voters Have More Leverage in This Governor’s Race. They Mean to Use It.

Many community leaders trace black voters’ new awareness of their influence to the Senate election in Alabama of Doug Jones, whom black women helped propel to victory last year. Blacks comprised 30 percent of voters in that race, according to CNN exit polling, with an overwhelming 98 percent of black women supporting Mr. Jones — even though, in the preceding year’s presidential election, black turnout had fallen for the first time in 20 years.

Jewel Williams, president of the Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, said she had never seen black voters’ priorities spark more conversation or receive more recognition.

Mr. Cuomo has made appearances at black churches and restored voting rights to parolees via executive order. Ms. Nixon launched her campaign in a black neighborhood of…

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