Bill de Blasio Says Mandate Will Depend on Margin Tonight

Bill de Blasio on NY1 last night.

Bill de Blasio on NY1 last night.

Bill de Blasio made it clear last night–as humbly as he could–that he would very much enjoy the huge margin of victory that polls are predicting he’ll achieve tonight when the polls close.

“It would be great to have a strong vote tomorrow,” the Democratic mayoral candidate said on NY1′s Road to City Hall, arguing that a big win would serve as a mandate for his progressive agenda.

“Obviously the higher the percentage, the more the work ahead is facilitated and strengthened. That’s what we want: We want the highest percentage we can get and that’s what we’re working for,” he continued.

The comments echoed those made earlier Monday, when Mr. de Blasio told reporters in the Bronx that the higher the margin, the easier job he’ll having pushing through reforms, including a tax on the rich that will require approval from a reluctant Albany.

“I think, by definition in the political process, the more support you get in an election, the more ability you have to achieve your goals,” he said–but remained mum this weekend when asked what kind of margin he thought he’d need. “You’ll know it when you see it,” he said then.

Mr. de Blasio, who leads Republican Joe Lhota by around 40 points in public polling, also went out of his way last night to note that he struggled in polls himself during the Democratic primary, before a late surge boosted him to the front of the pack.

“We don’t take anything for granted,” said Mr. de Blasio. “I’m the world’s leading expert on never taking polls too seriously or too literally. For a long time in the primary campaign, people were counting me out. And we didn’t let the polls stop us from putting together a victorious effort. Well, equally right now, the poll numbers are great but that’s not slowing us down.”