De Blasio Wins NYC Primary; Runoff Unclear
Recount looms as Thompson refuses to concede
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2013 9:27 PM CDT
Updated Sep 11, 2013 1:56 AM CDT
Democratic mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio, center, and son Dante greet commuters at the Staten Island ferry terminal last week.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(Newser) – As expected, Bill de Blasio will easily finish first in New York City's Democratic primary for mayor, reports the AP. What's unclear is whether he will get the necessary 40% to avoid a runoff with the second-place finisher. With 97% of returns in, de Blasio had 40.02%, Bill Thompson 26%, and Christine Quinn 15%. Trailing those three were city comptroller John Liu (7%) and, yes, Anthony Weiner (5%). The eventual Democratic winner will face former MTA chief (and Rudy Giuliani deputy) Joe Lhota in the general election in November. He won the GOP race over billionaire John Catsimatidis. There will be a recount of yesterday's ballots, and some 30,000 votes, including absentee ballots, still need to be counted a first time. A final result may not be known for 10 days and Thompson has made it clear that he won't drop out in the name of party unity: He chanted "Three more weeks!" at his election night event, referring to a time before a potential runoff, which polls show he would lose.

Exit polls showed that de Blasio, the city's public advocate, did well with a wide swath of voters from different ethnic groups and locales, reports the New York Times. More so than the other candidates, he advocated a clean break from Michael Bloomberg, making a particular issue of Bloomberg's stop-and-frisk policy. The mayor interjected himself into the campaign when he accused de Blasio of running a "racist" campaign—in part because the candidate featured his Afro-sporting teen son in a TV ad. De Blasio is white, his wife is black, and he would be first city mayor with an interracial family, notes the Times.

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Fascist_Jack
Sep 12, 2013 9:10 AM CDT
New York City is a great irony for Liberals, and here is why: New York city is full of rich hyper elites living in guarded communities. Meanwhile, the poor, who live on the outskirts, are pacified with generous welfare handouts. Now ask yourself this question?I n the past, the poor would revolt against the rich because they suffered, but why would a poor rise up against a system that gives them free food and housing? A poor that is living fat off of welfare is too spoiled to rise up and revolt, and that is the irony of the Left's call for a social revolution (the so called 99% awakening.) The exact reason why the poor remain stalwarts of the Democratic party is EXACTLY why the status quo will remain the same. We on the Right cal this the "plantation." The French Revolution, and the values and laws that flowed from it, would never have had happened if there weren't a generous welfare system in place. This may not seem like a big deal, but keep in mind that there were SOME good values that came from the French Revolution, values which are the fabric of our society today. This is the irony of the Left, they want class revolution and class pacification (welfare)....all at the same time.
NorCalHal
Sep 11, 2013 8:24 PM CDT
Maybe if Bill de Blasio can win the NYC mayorial position NYC can join the distinctive league of these cities; http://www.ijreview.com/2012/07/10301-do-democrats-destroy-cities/
arclight6970
Sep 11, 2013 11:09 AM CDT
With a black [oops african-american] wife and mixed race kids he a shoe in for president. After all you don't need to be anything but a race card playing politician to get into office today.