The Real Deal New York

Just 23 Trump Tower tenants – maximum – voted for Trump

Developer still handily won his namesake 238-unit building’s precinct
April 21, 2016 09:56AM

Trump Tower and GOP primary results (credit: New York Times), with Donald Trump

Trump Tower and GOP primary results (credit: New York Times), with Donald Trump

Donald Trump won big in New York’s Republican primary Tuesday, but it wasn’t because of his support among his tenants.

The GOP frontrunner received just 23 votes in the precinct that includes Trump Tower, an area roughly bordered by Fifth and Park avenues and 56th and 60th streets, according to election returns published by the New York Times and highlighted by Quartz.

Trump Tower has 238 luxury rental units, so, at the very most, he won the support of just roughly 10 percent of his tenants.

That number is likely much lower in reality, as it assumes that not a single person in the surrounding buildings supported the developer-and-TV-star-turned-politician.

Still, those 23 votes were more than enough to win a clear majority of Republican votes in the precinct. Ohio Governor John Kasich collected 17 votes in the area, while Texas Senator Ted Cruz got just one.

Maybe the modest total isn’t such a mystery. “Come on,” tweeted tech executive @BrettTopche, “who actually likes their landlord?”

Citywide,Trump won 64.3% percent of the Republican vote on his way to a dominating 60 percent victory in the state. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won with 58 percent of the vote on the Democratic side.

At his Trump Tower victory speech Tuesday night, Trump shouted out Vornado Realty Trust boss Steven Roth and Douglas Elliman chairman Howard Lorber, who’d come to cheer him on. [NYT, QZ]