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Today's Lead: De Blasio Ahead In Democratic Mayoral Primary

by Chester Soria, Sep 11, 2013


Bill de Blasio, whose mayoral campaign was fueled by a message claiming the city had become divided by income inequality and stop-and-frisk, led the Democratic primary for mayor with over 40 percent of the vote last night. But it was unclear whether he would avoid a runoff. William Thompson, the former comptroller, came in second and refused to concede. Paper ballots have yet to be counted, so a final outcome could come in days.

On the Republican side, former transit chief Joe Lhota beat two other contenders for his party's primary nomination. In his victory speech, Lhota made it clear he envisioned running against de Blasio in the general election, calling the Democratic mayoral candidate's message an "attempt to divide our city" and "class warfare."

A full report on last night's primary election will be posted on Gotham Gazette later today.


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