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De Blasio Leads in New York Democratic Mayoral Primary

New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio won the most votes in the Democratic mayoral primary, after campaigning against the police department’s stop-and-frisk tactics and what he said were Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s policies favoring the rich.

Whether he is the outright winner or must face the second-place finisher, former city Comptroller William Thompson, in an Oct. 1 runoff won’t be known until next week, said Valerie Vazquez, a spokeswoman for the Board of Elections. The agency’s staff will collect votes from malfunctioning lever machines starting on Sept. 13 and begin counting at least 19,000 paper absentee ballots and affidavit votes on Sept. 16.