The New York City election has come down the wire and it appears that Bill de Blasio has won the Democratic Primary, and Joe Lhota has been declared the victor of the Republican primary. In a disappointing development for former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer, he lost the Comptroller race to Scott Stringer.
De Blasio emerged as the clear front runner in Democratic primary in the last weeks of the election. Coming in second was William Thompson, and Christine Quinn came in third. Quinn had been trailing and flagging since former Congressman Anthony Weiner entered the race. Weiner came in fifth.
The results mean that de Blasio will, in all likelihood, not face a run off as it appears that he has won 40% of the vote. Had he fallen short of that, he would have had to face off against William Thompson.
In recent weeks, de Blasio has gained steam against his rivals. Christine Quinn’s connections to out-going Mayor Michael Bloomberg ended up costing her votes, especially after Bloomberg attacked de Blasio claiming that he was running a racist campaign.
Quinn lead the pack for quite some time, but faced a difficult run as anti-gay groups aired dozens of ads attacking her for being openly lesbian.