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De Blasio Wins NYC in Landslide

Democrat wins mayoral race by a margin of 49 percentage points – the largest since 1985.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 11/6/2013, 11:02 AM

Mayor-elect De Blasio
Mayor-elect De Blasio
Reuters

Democratic Party candidate Bill de Blasio scored a landslide victory over Republican Joe Lhota in the race for mayor on New York City.

The Daily News reported that he won 95% of the black vote, more than 8 of 10 Hispanic votes, and 52% of the white vote, according to the exit poll.

"He also won big in every age, religious and income group, even collecting 62% of the vote among those making at least $100,000 a year, despite his vow to raise taxes on the rich," the Daily News said.

De Blasio, the city’s public advocate, defeated Joseph J. Lhota, a former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, by a margin of about 49 percentage points, according to the New York times.

It was the most sweeping victory in a New York City mayor’s race since 1985, when Edward I. Koch won by 68 points.

“My fellow New Yorkers, today, you spoke out loudly and clearly for a new direction for our city,” de Blasio said at a raucous party in Park Slope, Brooklyn, at which his teenage children danced onstage and the candidate greeted the crowd in English, Spanish and even a few words of Italian.

“Make no mistake: The people of this city have chosen a progressive path, and tonight we set forth on it, together,” he announced.