Trump sailed to victory in this neighborhood last month, securing 79 percent of the vote — a nearly 18-point improvement from his winning margin four years ago. With more than 650,000 absentee and military ballots finally certified last week, the outgoing president easily held onto his Election Day lead in the Orthodox Jewish neighborhood.

Out of 65 Assembly districts across the city, Borough Park was among just five where Trump emerged triumphant. But an extensive analysis of election returns conducted by POLITICO showed Trump’s decisive loss in the deep blue city he once called home belied a trend that influenced several down-ballot races and could shift how candidates campaign in upcoming elections: Trump improved his performance in almost every part of the city…

Concern over pandemic-era restrictions on indoor gatherings, the expansion of the Democratic Socialists of America and a battle over policing drove up Trump’s turnout, according to interviews with voters, candidates and politicians.