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De Blasio tops Democratic mayoral field; Katz wins Queens Dem BP nod

Thompson may force runoff — it's too close to call

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Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 7:52 am | Updated: 1:25 pm, Thu Sep 12, 2013.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio took a commanding lead in yesterday's Democratic primary for mayor, and may have won enough votes to avoid having a runoff election.

De Blasio scored just about 40 percent of the votes, according to multiple media reports citing preliminary Board of Elections figures. His closest rival was former Comptroller Bill Thompson, who won about 26 percent.

If the final tally puts de Blasio at 40 percent or more, he'll be the Democratic nominee to face Republican Joe Lhota, who won the GOP primary with about 53 percent of the vote.

If de Blasio does not reach 40 percent, he will face Thompson in a runoff on Oct. 1. Thompson declined to concede the election until all ballots, such as absentee ballots and those filed by citizens who were unable to vote by machine yesterday, are counted.

In the Democratic race for comptroller, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer beat former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, and will face Republican John Burnett in November.

The Democratic contest for public advocate will go to a runoff between state Sen. Dan Squadron (D-Brooklyn, Manhattan) and City Councilwoman Letitia James (D-Brooklyn).

Melinda Katz, a former councilwoman and state assemblywoman from Forest Hills, beat City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) to win the Democratic nod for Queens borough president. Katz will face Republican Tony Arcabascio, a technology executive, in November.

In the 19th City Council District in northern Queens, Paul Vallone, an attorney and brother of Peter Vallone Jr., narrowly won the Democratic nomination, according to results reported by NY1. Vallone's Republican opponent in November will be Dennis Saffran, an attorney.

In the 22nd District in northwestern Queens, Democratic District Leader Costa Constantinides won handily. Former state Assemblyman Rory Lancman did the same to win the Democratic nod in the 24th District, in Central Queens.

In Southeastern Queens, Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) defeated three challengers in the 28th District, Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) beat back two opponents in the 31st, and Daneek Miller won a six-way race for the Democratic nod in the 27th District.

Lew Simon handily won the Democratic primary in the 32nd District in South Queens and Rockaway, and will face Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) in November.

In the 34th District, which is mostly in Brooklyn but includes much of Ridgewood, Antonio Reynoso won the Democratic nod, beating three opponents including former Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

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