Numbers Could Change, As Paper Ballots Still Have Not Been Counted

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York City Board of Elections has released new numbers in the Democratic mayoral primary, giving Bill de Blasio 40.88 percent of the vote.

The total would have been enough to avoid a runoff, had second-place finisher Bill Thompson not chosen to withdraw and endorse de Blasio earlier this week.

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The totals are from the machine count only, and do not include 78,000 paper ballots. That means final numbers could change.

Thompson conceded the Democratic mayoral primary race on Monday, setting up a showdown between de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota in November.

Former President Bill and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton endorsed de Blasio on Wednesday. Former mayoral candidate and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn endorsed him the day before.

Meanwhile, as 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reported Wednesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the latest polls showing de Blasio way ahead of Republican opponent Joe Lhota has nothing to do with his own 12 years in office and is not a repudiation of his record as mayor.

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“(Press secretary) Marc (La Vorgna) told me there’s even polls out that say I’m popular – beats me,” Bloomberg said. “All I know is when I walk down the streets, people are happy, and people are moving from around the world to New York City. People are going to our schools.”

Bloomberg said more and more people are going to educational institutions in the city and attending cultural affairs, and he said that is the measure of whether his administration has done a good job.

The general election is set for Nov. 5. In addition to de Blasio and Lhota, Adolfo Carrion Jr., a former Bronx borough president running as an independent, will also be on the ballot for mayor.

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