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Referendum on Bloomberg looms in NYC election

September 11, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The race to succeed New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is shaping up as a referendum on the data-driven billionaire who guided the city for 12 years.

The top vote-getter in Tuesday's Democratic primary, Bill de Blasio, was the most anti-Bloomberg candidate in the race, railing against the mayor's pro-police, pro-development, pro-business stance.

On the Republican side, the nomination Tuesday went to Joe Lhota, who has made it clear he wants to pick up where Bloomberg left off.

De Blasio won 40.2 percent of the vote — just over the threshold needed to win the nomination. But that could change when election officials recount votes and add absentee ballots.

If de Blasio dips below 40, he will face second-place finisher Bill Thompson in an Oct. 1 runoff.



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