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September 11, 2013

Unclear If de Blasio Avoids Runoff

Bill de Blasio, "whose campaign for mayor of New York tapped into a city's deepening unease with income inequality and aggressive police practices, captured far more votes than any of his rivals in the Democratic primary on Tuesday," the New York Times reports.

"But as Mr. de Blasio, an activist-turned-operative and now the city's public advocate, celebrated a remarkable come-from-behind surge, it was not clear if he had won the 40 percent needed to avoid a runoff election on Oct. 1 with William C. Thompson Jr., who finished second."

New York Daily News: "The latest tally showed de Blasio had 40.2% of the vote, just a whisker more than the 40% needed to win the nomination without a runoff. Thompson had 26%. But with tens of thousands of votes outstanding -- including 19,000 paper ballots -- it appeared that it would take the city's embattled Board of Elections at least several days to sort it all out."


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