Joe Lhota Wins NYC Mayor Republican Primary, De Blasio Likely Wins Dem Primary Outright

by Patrick Brennan

UPDATE: Bill de Blasio has probably won the Democratic mayoral primary outright, avoiding a run-off by winning 40.2 percent of the vote on Tuesday — that’s with 97 percent of precincts reporting, according to WNYC. However, thousands of paper ballots — New York’s primaries run on old-fashioned voting machines — still have to be counted, so the exact result won’t be known for several days. If he does have to go into a run-off, he’ll face Bill Thompson, an African-American former city comptroller who just barely lost to Bloomberg in 2009.

The AP has called the Republican primary for New York City mayor for Joe Lhota, former MTA commissioner and deputy mayor for Rudy Giuliani. Lhota has won 52 percent of the vote to rival John Catsimatidis’s 41 percent. Lhota had held a fairly strong lead throughout the primary season.

Meanwhile, on the Democratic side of the ballot, liberal city official Bill de Blasio looks like he could win the primary outright — as of 12:09 a.m., according to WNYC’s election tracker, 40.17 percent of the vote with 97 percent of precincts in. That means he’ll probably avoid an October 1 run-off with the second-place finisher, Bill Thompson, a former comptroller of the city, who’s at 26 percent of the vote. (NR’s editors weighed in on de Blasio’s tax plans here.)

And it’s ave atque vale for Anthony Weiner, who just delivered a concession speech in which he thanked his colorful female spokeswoman but not his wife. He received just under 5 percent of the vote.

It’s curtains for Client No. 9, too, with the AP calling the comptroller’s primary for his opponent, Scott Stringer, 52–48.

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