NYC Mayoral Candidate Bill Thompson Hanging On Hopes Of A Runoff Against Bill De Blasio
Yesterday was Election Day in New York City and, according to the pundits we listened to last night, things went much as expected. The come-from-behind leader is Bill de Blasio, and in second is Bill Thompson. However, we’re waiting to see if we have a runoff on our hands.
De Blasio has to get 40 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff and secure the Democratic nomination for the general election. As of this morning, the New York Daily News gives de Blasio 40.2 percent of the vote, just above the threshold. Thompson had 26 percent. However, there are 19,000 paper ballots and other votes still to be counted.
In his speech last night, Thompson did not concede the race, instead leading a chant of “Three more weeks,” vowing that every vote would be tallied. The runoff, if one is necessary, would take place on October 1.
Meanwhile in Brooklyn, de Blasio and his family (including son Dante and his much-discussed afro) took to the stage to basically accept the nomination, though throughout the night, the candidate and his people said they fully expect the runoff.
What put de Blasio over the top, it seems, was this campaign ad coupled with is critique of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. His campaign focused on the unfairness of the city’s “stop and frisk” policy and improving the lot of the middle class and those in the outer boroughs like Brooklyn. The New York Times says that many voters in an exit poll would like to see the city go in another direction.
Whoever ultimately wins the primary will face off against the Republican candidate Joseph Lhota, former head of the MTA and deputy mayor under Rudolph Giuliani.
Meanwhile, Anthony Weiner was in a distant fifth with 4.9 percent of the vote. This is how he ended his campaign: