New York City

Bill Thompson Drops Out of NYC Mayor's Race, Endorses Bill de Blasio

Finished second last week and could've qualified for a runoff, pending counting of paper ballots

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Former New York City Comptroller William Thompson withdrew from the mayoral race today, saying he would back Public Advocate Bill de Blasio as the Democratic nominee to avoid a runoff and preserve party unity.

Thompson has called a news briefing for 11 a.m. to make the announcement, the Associated Press reported, citing two people familiar with his decision that it didn't identify.