Thursday, December 5, 2013
By Jonathan Lemire / The Associated Press
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New York City Democratic Mayoral hopeful Bill De Blasio embraces his son Dante, left, daughter Chiara, second from left, and wife Chirlane, right, after addressing supporters at his election headquarters after polls closed in the city's primary election Wednesday, in New York.
In the mayoral race, de Blasio's rise was as sudden as it was unexpected.
Not even two months ago, he was an afterthought in the campaign but surged thanks in part to an ad campaign that featured his 15-year-old Afro-sporting son Dante, who became such a cult figure that the campaign embraced the Twitter hash tag #fromentum.
The exit polling showed the appeal of de Blasio, who holds the position of the city's official watchdog, to be broad-based: He was ahead in all five boroughs; was even with Thompson, the only African-American candidate, with black voters; and was ahead of Quinn, the lone woman in the race, with female voters. He also led Quinn among gay voters.
The voter interviews were conducted by Edison Media Research for The Associated Press and other news organizations.
The winner of the mayor's race in November will assume the helm of the nation's largest city at a critical juncture, as it experiences shrinking crime rates yet widening income inequality, and as the nearly completed One World Trade Center building symbolizes a new era after the terrorist attacks of 2001.
Nearly three-quarters of Democratic primary voters said in the exit polls that the next mayor ought to move away from Bloomberg's policies.
And De Blasio, 52, has fashioned himself as the cleanest break from the Bloomberg years, proposing a tax on the wealthy to fund universal pre-kindergarten and changes to city police practices he says discriminate against minorities.
On the Republican side, the candidates largely pledged to follow Bloomberg's lead. Lhota, former head of the region's transit agency and a one-time deputy mayor under Rudolph Giuliani, led the race from start to finish, fending off the self-financed bid of billionaire grocery store magnate John Catsimatidis.