Bill de Blasio

De Blasio Leads NYC Democratic Mayoral Primary, While Lhota Gets GOP Win

Could anybody be worse than Bloomberg?

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New York City's public advocate Bill de Blasio has won a Democratic mayoral primary, unofficial results show.

With some 97% of precincts reporting, Mr de Blasio secured some 40% of the vote, but may still face a run-off with former city controller Bill Thompson.

In the Republican race, Joe Lhota, the former head of NYC's transit service, won with about 52%.

The winner of each party's primary will vie in November's mayoral election to replace incumbent Michael Bloomberg.

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