New York mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio’s campaign theme of wealth inequality came under attack from Republican Joseph Lhota hours after he won the Democratic nomination and avoided a primary runoff with William Thompson.
Former New York City Comptroller William Thompson withdrew from the mayoral race today and backed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio as the Democratic nominee, saying he wanted to avoid a runoff and preserve party unity.
New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio won the most votes in the Democratic mayoral primary, after campaigning against the police department’s stop-and-frisk tactics and what he said were Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s policies favoring the rich.
New York mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio has support from 39 percent of likely Democratic voters, just shy of the 40 percent he needs in tomorrow’s election to avoid a runoff with his closest competitor, according to a Quinnipiac University poll.
A judge’s order installing a monitor to oversee the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk tactics may boost the mayoral candidacy of Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and hurt former Comptroller William Thompson.
William Thompson still boasts about how in 2009 he came within 4.3 percentage points of denying New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg his third term even though the billionaire incumbent outspent him 10 to 1.