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Below is coverage of the September primaries.


Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota Face Off in the General Election

Bill Thompson is scheduled to concede the NYC democratic primary for mayor Monday morning at 11 a.m. EST on the steps of City Hall. So, is Bill de Blasio Mayor of NYC? Not yet, and given how the campaign is shaping up, the general election on November 5 could be tight. At the least, it will present a stark choice.

The general election could be tight. Joe Lhota was the winner of the Republican primary and will face Bill de Blasio in November. 

"Lhota will be competitive in November against de Blasio because they present such striking polar opposites," says George Artz, former journalist and press secretary to former Mayor Edward Koch. "I think there are many people who when they focus on de Blasio will think that Lhota may be an option for them."

Bill de Blasio is focused on a number of Democratic priorities and among other things, has pledged to seek tax increases on top income earners to pay for universal pre-K education. 

“That’s not going to do one bloody thing to solve income inequity,” Lhota said, in reference to de Blasio's pre-K initiative. “Preschool programs, though, are absolutely needed. The difference between Bill and I is he wants to raise money through taxes.”

That's one example of the candidates differences in approach, and a familiar theme. On November 5, NYC voters will have a real choice to make.

Bill Thompson Drops Out of NYC Mayor's Race — The Democratic Primary is Over

What we've unofficially known for the last six days is now official. The New York City mayoral election this fall will be between Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota. De Blasio's last remaining Democratic rival, Bill Thompson, is conceding today.

In order to avoid a runoff, a primary candidate must garner at least 40% of the total vote. With 99% of precincts reporting, de Blasio has 40.3% — a victory that saw him win almost every demographic group in the city. Thompson was far behind in second place with 26.2%, and the result of a runoff was never really in doubt — it's clear de Blasio would have won it — but by conceding, Thompson will help present a front of Democratic unity going into the November 5 election.

According to the Associated Press, the deal was brokered by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. The governor, along with the two candidates and members of the city's Democratic leadership, is holding a press conference at City Hall. This photo from the Daily News' Erin Durkin shows the three descending the steps together:

And from the New York Observer's Jill Colvin:

Aaaaaaaaaand we're off. The general election will be held on November 5.

This is Why Bill de Blasio is Winning the NYC Mayor's Race

Addressing a cheering crowd outside The Bell House in Brooklyn late Tuesday evening, Bill de Blasio credited his strong showing in the day’s Democratic mayoral primary election to his energetic grass roots supporters. “That’s how we change this city,” he told supporters before aides shepherded him inside for his election night victory party....

The supporters at de Blasio’s "block party" on Tuesday night reflected the diversity of the candidate’s support across the city and the resonance of his message countering inequality.

"I like what he has to say; he didn’t pull any punches," said Dana Beauford, a city worker from the Bronx. "We need somebody like Bill de Blasio." She appreciated de Blasio's opposition to stop-and-frisk and his support for keeping community hospitals open.

For more reporting from the scene of de Blasio's election night party, check out Pundit Lindsay Funk's excellent piece, "New York Recount is Underway, But Bill de Blasio is NYC's Next Mayor."

NYC Primary Runoff Date is Three Weeks Away

The NYC Board of Elections will hold a recount in the Democratic mayoral primary, and if de Blasio fails to garner 40.0% of the vote or more, he would be forced into a runoff with Bill Thompson. The NYC primary date, three weeks away, is set for October 1, if necessary.

The Board of Elections is expected to release its recount results early next week (the week of September 16 - 22). De Blasio currently has 40.2% of the vote, and if he can hold on to that margin, he would win the nomination outright. If he cannot, and falls below 40.0%, a recount would be triggered and the primary runoff election, on October 1, would determine the Democratic nominee (de Blasio is heavily favored, still, in such a scenario). The winner of the Democratic primary would eventually go on to compete against the Republican nominee, Joe Lhota, in the November 5 general election.

NYC Recount Update: Final Precincts Still Reporting

With 2% of precincts still reporting, and unlikely to change the overall math of the Democratic pimary race for mayor, the NYC recount will get underway after the 9/11 anniversary, with an update coming early next week (the week of September 16 - 22). At that point, the NYC Board of Elections is expected to announce the official, final results.

If de Blasio retains his 40.2% advantage over second place challenger Bill Thompson, he would win the Democratic nomination and go on to face the Republican party's candidate, Joe Lhota in the November 5 general election. If de Blasio cannot retain that margin and falls below 40.0%, he would face Bill Thompson in an October 1 primary runnoff. Some in the NYC Democratic party are callling on Thompson to concede, as he polls well below de Blasio in a potential runoff. 

However, Thompson is unlikely to back down and will see the NYC recount all the way through, until the update and official results are released.

"Three more weeks! Three more weeks!" said Thompson on election night. "This is far from over."

Latest NYC Results: Full Roundup of Mayor, Comptroller Races

Almost 1 million voters turned out for the NYC primary election and here are the latest NYC results:

The race for comptroller has been decided, with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer winning with 52.2% of the vote, to Eliot Spitzer's 47.8%. Stringer was the pick of many editorial boards in the city and will now oversee the New York City's finances and be its chief auditor. 

The race for the Republican nomination for mayor also resulted in a clear winner. Joe Lhota won the majority of voter's support with 52.6% of the vote, and will go on to face the winner of the Democratic primary on November 5

The Democratic primary is more complicated. While Bill de Blasio is clearly ahead, with 40.2% of the vote, he needs 40.0% or more to win the election outright, according to NYC election rules. While he does have that margin currently, it's triggering a recount by the NYC board of elections, which should be completed early next week (the week of September 16 - 22). At that time, if he has 40.0% of the voter or more, de Blasio will go on to face Joe Lhota in the general election. If his candidacy does not meet that threshold, he would go on to a October 1 Democratic primary runoff. On this, it's wait and see.

Graphics via the Huffington Post.

NYC Recount: Board of Elections Will Have Results Early Next Week

The race for the Democratic primary for NYC mayor isn't close, but it's close enough to trigger a recount by the Board of Elections. With 98% of precincts reporting this morning, Bill de Blasio has captured 40.2% of the vote. He needs 40% or more to avoid a runoff with the second place candidate, Bill Thompson, who currently has 26.0% of the vote. 

While the campaign takes a day off to commemorate 9/11, the Board of Elections is expected to complete its recount early next week (the week of September 16 -22). If, after the recount, de Blasio has 40.0% of the vote or more, he would go to the general election against the Republican candidate, Joe Lhota, on November 5. If not, he would be forced into a runoff with Bill Thompson on October 1.

Graphic via the Huffington Post.

NYC Mayor Runoff Unclear: De Blasio At 40.19%, Weiner is Sore Loser

With news outlets reporting that the final vote in the Democratic primary will likely be subject to a recount, it's unclear whether Bill de Blasio and Bill Thompson will face off again.

Here are current standings with some 97% of precincts reporting:

De Blasio's win is razor-thin above the 40% necessary to avoid a runoff, so it looks like the New York Board of Elections is going to do a recount. Paper machines will be opened, and all ballots will have to be recounted. This could be a very drawn-out process, unfortunately:

So, to recap: the two Bills are likely to have an ongoing standoff that could last several days, or even until Monday. Eliot Spitzer's comeback tour is over, and voters have opted instead for NYC Borough President Scott Stringer to represent them as comptroller. And Weiner is permagone, after being chased through a McDonald's by Sydney Leathers.

Then he flipped off a reporter.

Welcome to New York, folks. Have a good night.

Who is Joe Lhota: A Look at the GOP's Nominee in NYC

News networks have called NYC's Republican mayoral primary for Joe Lhota, who has beaten grocery-store owner and billionaire John Catsimatidis. With 89% of the precincts reporting at 11:12 p.m. according to WNYC, Lhota holds an 11-point lead over Catsimatidis. This was a widely expected result and will allow the Bronx native to attempt to prolong the Republicans' 20-year hold on City Hall.

Lhota has a long background in public service. Most recently, he was the head of the Metropolitan Transit Authority and gained widespread praise for the agency's performance during Hurricane Sandy. Most of the city's subway system was up and running a week after the storm, and weeks after the event, a vast majority of New Yorkers across all demographic groups rated the agency's performance "good" or "excellent."

Lhota is also a veteran of the Giuliani administration, having served as the former mayor's budget chief and deputy mayor for operations. Giuliani has taken to the campaign trail to stump for his former employee, who largely shares Giuliani's political profile — he's relatively liberal on social issues (he is in favor of legalizing gay marriage and marijuana use) but is known as a budget hawk and someone who's tough on law-and-order issues. 

The result of the Republican primary was never really in doubt, but it was an entertaining contest nonetheless. The rivalry between Lhota and "Cats" sometimes got nasty:

But the last couple weeks were largely consumed by the debate over the so-called "subway kitties," who held up traffic on the city's B and Q lines for over an hour on August 29. Catsimatidis wrote a lovely poem about the cats, but Lhota insisted that he would not have stopped subway traffic for over an hour in order to save the lives of two animals.

Lhota certainly will not go into the general election as a favorite — but it would be unwise for Democrats to write him off entirely.


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NYC 2013 Election Results LIVE: Updates, Polls, and Where to Vote

Welcome to PolicyMic's coverage of the New York City mayoral election!

It may be an off-year for elections in most of the country, but here in the nation's largest city voters have gotten to witness the sort of wacky, unpredictable campaign that only comes from a wide-open field of candidates and no clear front-runner. On Tuesday, the Democratic and Republican primaries will be held, and on Election Day in November, NYC will cast its final vote for mayor.

The Democratic primary has gotten the most attention, partially because NYC is such a heavily Democratic town, and partially because (let's be honest) Anthony Weiner is one of the candidates running. If one candidate breaks 40% of the vote Tuesday night, that candidate will immediately become the Democratic nominee. If not, the top two vote-getters will proceed to a runoff election, to be held on Tuesday, October 1. Here's what you need to know:

-Christine Quinn, the speaker of the City Council, is running to be the city's first female and openly gay mayor. She is widely seen as the most moderate candidate in the Democratic field and has been a close ally of Mayor Michael Bloomberg for many years. Until very recently, she was considered the prohibitive favorite. She has since dropped to second or third, depending on which polls you're looking at.

-Bill de Blasio, the city's public advocate, has positioned himself as the most liberal candidate, and is the one who has promised the most definitive break with the Bloomberg legacy. He has focused relentlessly on economic inequality as the theme of his campaign — something the current mayor has openly admitted he doesn't care about — and has prominently featured his multiracial family throughout his run. Oh, and he's leading in just about every poll.

-Bill Thompson, the city's former comptroller, is a veteran of NYC politics. He is the only African-American in the race and came surprisingly close to beating Michael Bloomberg in 2009, when Bloomberg went for his controversial third term. He essentially represents the middle ground between Quinn's establishment-oriented base and de Blasio's liberal insurgency. Sure, he's a bit boring — but after 20 years of Giuliani and Bloomberg, maybe that's not such a bad thing. He's currently second or third in the polls.

-Anthony Weiner. Yep. Weiner is now polling in the single digits, so we'll be rid of him soon. In the meantime, have a look at this video from last week. Whatta town.

You may not have known that New York City also has Republicans. They can often be seen in their natural habitat of the Upper East Side or Staten Island (not to be confused with the Shaolin). This year's GOP primary is essentially a two-man race:

-Joe Lhota, a veteran of the Giuliani administration, is the clear GOP front-runner. His most recent job was running the Metropolitan Transit Authority during Hurricane Sandy — where he received widespread praise for his performance — and he's the kind of socially liberal, fiscally conservative Republican who could plausibly win in New York City. He called the Port Authority police "mall cops," which was awesome. 

-John Catsimatidis, or "Cats," is the owner of the NYC grocery-store chain Gristedes, and his chances of winning the GOP primary are about as good as your chances of buying decent produce at one of his supermarkets. Still, between his entertaining campaign antics and the fact that he wrote a poem about the subway kitties, it's been fun having him around.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday. If you are a New York City resident and want to know where to vote, visit this website.