Republican Joe Lhota won the Republican primary for New York City mayor tonight, and Bill de Blasio won the Democratic nod—but was teetering on the 40 percent necessary to avoid a runoff.
Calling it the “city where all dreams can come true,” Lhota won the GOP primary, defeating supermarket billionaire John Catsimatidis.
Lhota, the former head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, won with 52 percent of the vote compared to 41 percent for Catsimatidis.
De Blasio was close to the 40 percent mark to avoid a runoff, around 39.7 percent, but the closeness of the count will likely mean court challenges as next month’s runoff vote approaches.
“We know this race is incredibly close,” said Bill Thompson, who was running second to de Blasio, saying thousands of ballots still need to be counted.
De Blasio, the city’s public advocate, has been the front runner in recent weeks, polls have shown.
Other candidates for NYC mayor were struggling:
Christine C. Quinn 89,932 – 15 percent
John C. Liu 43,266 – 7 percent
Anthony Weiner 29,697 – 5 percent