Clintons Endorse de Blasio for NYC Mayor

Wednesday, 18 Sep 2013 02:51 PM

By Lisa Barron

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Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have endorsed Democrat Bill de Blasio in his race for mayor of New York City.

"Bill de Blasio has been a friend to both President Clinton and Secretary Clinton for many years. They were proud to see him run a thoughtful, creative campaign about the issues, and they are behind him as he moves on to the general election as the Democratic nominee," a spokesman for the Clintons said in a statement, reported by The Huffington Post.

De Blasio, the city’s public advocate, worked with Hillary Clinton during her first successful run for the U.S. Senate from New York.

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De Blasio won just over 40 percent of the vote in the Democratic mayoral primary last week and officially became the candidate after opponent Bill Thompson conceded on Sept. 16.

"Today, I’m proud to stand next to a great New Yorker and throw my support behind him," Thompson said in his own endorsement of de Blasio. "I am proud to stand here today and support Bill de Blasio to be the next mayor of the city of New York."

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who came in third in the primary, also has  endorsed de Blasio.

The latest NBC4 New York/Wall Street Journal Marist poll, released Tuesday, showed de Blasio with a 43 percentage point lead over his Republican opponent, Joe Lhota, a former deputy mayor under Rudy Giuliani.

It showed de Blasio at 65 percent to 22 percent for Lhota among likely voters, including those undecided but leaning toward a candidate.

"It’s a very lopsided contest at this point," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. "Coming out of the starting blocks, it is playing de Blasio’s way in a big way."

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