Sept. 11 (Bloomberg) -- New York Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who wants to boost taxes on the wealthy, led former city Comptroller William Thompson in the race for the Democratic Party’s nomination for mayor, according to unofficial results.
With 96 percent of precincts reporting, de Blasio had 40.2 percent to Thompson’s 26.2 percent and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s 15.2 percent, the Associated Press reported.
“What we have achieved here tonight, and what we will do in the next round of this campaign, won’t just change the view of how things look inside City Hall, but will change the policies that have left behind so many of our fellow New Yorkers outside of City Hall,” de Blasio told supporters at a party in Brooklyn.
While de Blasio needed 40 percent to avoid an Oct. 1 runoff, Thompson said he wouldn’t leave the race. The winner will face Republican Joseph Lhota, 58, a deputy to former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, in a Nov. 5 general election. Lhota defeated supermarket billionaire John Catsimatidis and George McDonald, founder of the nonprofit Doe Fund for the homeless, with 52.5 percent of the vote in that party’s primary, according to the AP.
De Blasio, 52, seized the lead over Quinn in most polls during the past month campaigning against police stop-and-frisk tactics and what he said were Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s policies favoring the rich. A former City Council member, de Blasio proposed increasing the municipal tax on income above $500,000 to raise $532 million to pay for all-day pre-kindergarten and after-school activities for adolescents. The measure would have to be approved by the legislature.
“You made this campaign a cause,” he told supporters.
Thompson, 60, the only black candidate, had support from unions representing teachers and law-enforcement officers. As the party’s mayoral nominee in 2009, Thompson lost to Bloomberg by 4.3 percentage points as the mayor spent more than $100 million to win a third term.
Speaking to supporters at a Midtown hotel last night, Thompson offered no concession.
“This race is still incredibly close and there are still tens of thousands of votes that need to be counted,” he told supporters.
“This is far from over,” he said.
The mayor, founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP is legally barred from a fourth term.
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