Bill de Blasio, who built his underdog campaign for New York mayor on promises to restrain police stop-and-frisk tactics and reduce income inequality, won election by a wide margin, putting a Democrat in City Hall for the first time in 20 years.
De Blasio, 52, New York’s elected public advocate, beat Republican Joseph Lhota, a deputy to former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who conceded in a televised address. The Associated Press also called the race, based on preliminary results.
A self-described progressive, de Blasio was in fourth place in the race for the Democratic nomination as recently as June. He becomes the first Democrat to lead the most populous U.S. city after two terms of Giuliani and three of Michael Bloomberg, who ran twice as a Republican and once as an independent on the Republican ballot line.
The current mayor, the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP, is barred from seeking a fourth term.