And how do you explain the six previous times she has been elected to city wide office?
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus
Probably helped her, but given that you would have thought she would have gotten a far higher vote. And it does matter because her opponent tried to bring her sexuality into the race and so did church groups.
And if there growing racial tension in the country then it would behoove us to see if we can recognize it because there could be major political implications in it.