New York Mayor Bill de Blasio easily won a second term on Tuesday, handily defeating Republican Nicole Malliotakis, a member of the state assembly, and a smattering of independent and third-party candidates.
His victory Tuesday made de Blasio the first Democrat since Ed Koch to be returned to City Hall for a second term.
De Blasio told voters that the city was nearly halfway to his goal of building 200,000 new units of affordable housing by 2026, then increased that promise by a third. He challenged critics who had warned incorrectly that ending the “stop and frisk” policing policy, criticized for disproportionately affecting black New Yorkers, would lead to more crime.
“If you don’t like what you see in Washington, send a message to Washington with your vote on Tuesday,” de Blasio told a Brooklyn church congregation at one of his last campaign stops.
Progressives, hungry for wins this year, celebrated the de Blasio victory as one of their own. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., endorsed the mayor and stumped with him in the final week to support the idea of a new tax on the very wealthy.
Trump, a New York City voter, cast an absentee ballot before heading on a 12-day tour of Asia. The White House did not say whom he voted for.
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