NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The contest for the Democratic nomination for New York City mayor was not over one day after voters cast their ballots in the primary election.READ MORE: Gov. Kathy Hochul: Number Of Positive COVID Cases Statewide Drops 75% In 2 Weeks
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio emerged as the top choice in the Democratic mayoral primary on Tuesday, a rather surprising scenario considering just seven weeks ago he had 15 percent of the vote and was in fourth place, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported Wednesday.
With 97 percent of precincts reporting, de Blasio has about 40.2 percent of the total vote, which puts him a whisker above the 40 percent threshold needed to avoid triggering an automatic Oct. 1 runoff.
If he cannot maintain that, he will face former city Comptroller Bill Thompson, who has 26 percent, for a potentially grueling three-week, one-on-one showdown with the winner advancing to face Republican nominee Joe Lhota in the general election.