NYC Runner-up To Concede: Bill De Blasio Is Democrats' Mayoral Pick

Image: NYC Runner-up To Concede: Bill De Blasio Is Democrats' Mayoral Pick New York City mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, left, concedes Democratic nomination to Bill de Blasio, right.

Monday, 16 Sep 2013 01:15 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Bill Thompson, the runner-up in New York City's mayoral Democratic primary, conceded to front-runner Bill de Blasio on Monday, averting a runoff between the candidates and clearing the way for a general election campaign against Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota.

Following the concession, Thompson, the former New York City Comptroller, endorsed de Blasio at City Hall on Monday, The Associated Press reported.

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"Bill de Blasio and I want to move the city forward," Thompson said. "This is bigger than any one of us."

According to multiple anonymous sources close to Thompson's camp who spoke with the AP, New York's Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo assisted with brokering a deal between the two Democrats to avoid a runoff.

"New York will be an even greater city under the leadership of Mayor Bill de Blasio," Cuomo said at the City Hall event.

If a runoff were to occur between the two Democratic mayoral hopefuls, such a race could lead to resources and attention being diverted from the shared goal of beating Lhota in the Nov. 5 election, and replacing three-term Independent Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

With 99 percent of NYC precincts reporting, de Blasio reached the 40 percent threshold to prevent a runoff, receiving 40.3 percent of the vote.

Thompson came in second with 26.2 percent of the primary vote, followed by the one-time front-runner Christine Quinn, who many considered to be Bloomberg's heir apparent and received 15.5 percent, and New York City Comptroller John Liu, who received 7 percent.

Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, whose repeated sexting offenses made for great tabloid headlines and caused him to become a running joke in the national media, sank in the primary, receiving less than 5 percent among a constituency that apparently lost faith in his ability to lead.

Despite his concession on Monday, Thompson still demanded that every vote be counted, to which de Blasio agreed, the AP noted.

More than 645,000 machine ballots and another 78,000 absentees were cast in the NYC mayoral Democratic primary.

The Manhattan-born De Blasio, a staunch progressive who served NYC's 39th District in Brooklyn and was a longtime opponent to much of Bloomberg's policies, billed his campaign as "a progressive alternative to the Bloomberg era."

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