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NYC Mayoral Campaigning On Hold For 9/11 Observance

NEW YORK (September 11, 2013)--Campaigning in the New York City mayoral primary was on hold Wednesday as the city observed the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

It was still not clear Wednesday whether Public Advocate Bill de Blasio won enough votes in the Democratic primary to avoid a runoff against second-place finisher Bill Thompson.

With all precincts reporting, de Blasio had 40.13 percent of the vote and Thompson had 26.2 percent, the Board of Elections said.

But election officials will recount the votes cast Tuesday and add more than 19,000 absentee and affidavit ballots.

If de Blasio dips below 40 percent, that automatically triggers an Oct. 1 runoff. It may take more than a week before that is known.

Former MTA chairman Joe Lhota won the Republican nomination.

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner drew only about 5 percent of the vote in the Democratic mayoral primary Tuesday and former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, lost the Democratic primary race for city comptroller to Scott Stringer, the Manhattan borough president.

Stringer received 52 percent of the vote to Spitzer's 48 percent.

The general election is Nov. 5.


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