Former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson will concede to Bill de Blasio in the New York City Democratic mayoral primary, according to various reports.
De Blasio, the city’s public advocate, had at or around the 40 percent necessary to avoid a runoff with Thompson, the second place finisher. Thompson could have sought a full re-canvassing of the ballots and took his case to court to try to force an Oct. 1 runoff.
But he’s been under pressure to rally out de Blasio and focus on November—when de Blasio will face GOP candidate Joe Lhota, the former head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Democrats have not controlled City Hall in 20 years.