Bill De Blasio Wins New York City Mayoral Race In Landslide

Source: Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News

NEW YORK – Bill de Blasio will be the first Democrat in two decades to serve as the mayor of New York City, as the Associated Press estimates he will defeat Republican Joe Lhota, a longtime adviser to former mayor Rudy Giuliani, for the job.

Considering his huge margin of victory — De Blasio, the public advocate, was trouncing Lhota 73 to 24 percent in incomplete, unofficial returns reported by The Associated Press early Wednesday — it wasn’t always such a sure road for de Blasio.

In the spring, de Blasio was in fourth place in a crowded Democratic primary race that included former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., who resigned from Congressin disgrace after it was discovered he sent lewd photos and messages to women he met online, and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who would have been the city’s first female and lesbian mayor.

Weiner led the race until late July when the news came out that Weiner had engaged in an additional three online sexual relationships since leaving Congress, which caused his poll numbers to take a hit. Quinn suffered from her ties to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, including her role in changing New York’s two-term limit, which allowed both herself and Bloomberg to seek a third term.

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