NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Bill de Blasio held a commanding lead in Tuesday’s Democratic mayoral primary, but whether the city’s public advocate would earn the 40 percent of the vote needed to dodge a runoff might not be clear until Monday.
Meanwhile, Joe Lhota, a former deputy mayor under Rudy Giuliani and ex-Metropolitan Transportation Authority chief, won the Republican nomination.
With 97 percent of the precincts reporting, de Blasio had 40 percent of the vote. He was followed by former city Comptroller Bill Thompson’s 26 percent.
It could be next week before the results are official. The Board of Elections told CBS 2 that all paper ballots will be counted early Wednesday morning, but absentee and military ballots won’t be opened until Monday. About 30,000 ballots have yet to be counted, WCBS 880 reported.
In a speech to his supporters, de Blasio talked about the January day when he announced his candidacy.
“That day we said that New York had become a tale of two cities,” de Blasio said. “One where the very wealthy had not only rebounded from the Great Recession, but where life couldn’t get much better for them. And we acknowledged that there was another New York, a New York where nearly half our citizens are living at or near the poverty line, where luxury condos had replaced community hospitals, where proactive policing had somehow slipped quietly into racial profiling.”
Thompson did not concede, saying he would wait for every vote to be counted.
“We took Mike Bloomberg on (in 2009), and we almost beat him,” Thompson told his supporters. “Now, we’re going to finish what we started.”
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn earned 15 percent of the Democratic vote, city Comptroller John Liu had 7 percent, and former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner had 5 percent.