Bill de Blasio was the clear choice among Democrats for New York City mayor as polls closed to night. But will he crack the 40 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff?
CBS News reports that exit polls show Bill Thompson, a former city comptroller, and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn competing for the other spot in a possible runoff while former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s comeback campaign appears to have fallen short. The voter interviews were conducted by Edison Media Research for The Associated Press and other news organizations. Actual voter returns were not yet available.
The exit polling showed the appeal of de Blasio, the city’s elected public advocate, to be broad-based: He was ahead in all five boroughs; was ahead of Quinn, the lone woman in the race, with female voters; and ahead of Thompson, the only African-American candidate, with black voters. But if no candidate surpasses 40 percent of the vote, the top two finishers advance to an Oct. 1 runoff.