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

(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.

Democratic mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio, center, and son Dante greet commuters at the Staten Island ferry terminal last week.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio speaks to supporters after polls closed in the city's primary, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Bill de Blasio dances on stage after addressing supporters after polls closed in the city's primary, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Bill de Blasio emerges after casting his vote on Tuesday in Brooklyn.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Anthony Weiner holds son Jordan as he leaves the voting booth.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Christine Quinn greets voters Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
New York City mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson speaks after voting Tuesday in Harlem.   (AP Photo/Jin Lee)
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, right, walks out of a polling station with her wife, Kim Catullo, after voting.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio kisses his wife, Chirlane McCray, after casting his vote.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
From left at a debate: Anthony Weiner, Sal Albanese, John Liu, Christine Quinn, William Thompson Jr., Erick Salgado, and Bill de Blasio.   (AP Photo/New York Times, Ruth Fremson, Pool)
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