Bill de Blasio has pulled out a huge win in New York City. How huge?
Bill de Blasio is on course to break Jimmy Walker's 88-year-old record -- highest percentage for a non-incumbent mayoral candidate.— Bob Hardt (@Bobmagic01) November 6, 2013
He did this by winning basically every demographic group in the city, and every imaginable subset within those demographic groups. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is going out with a 52% approval rate, so the idea that de Blasio represents a wholesale rebuke of Bloomberg doesn't quite hold water. But 70% of voters also expressed an overwhelming desire for a new direction, and this led to the election of the city's first Democratic mayor in 20 years.
Larger reasons for de Blasio's win include a post-Great Recession environment, changing demographics in the city, and a third Bloomberg term that saw the mayor overreach on a number of issues. Whatever the reasons, though, and whether you believe his election was more about a change in policy or a change in tone, it's hard to argue the mayor-elect isn't coming in with a massive mandate.
We'll have more breakdowns and maps as the numbers come in. At just after 10:00 p.m., only 2% of precincts have reported.