The Year Observed
Of course, there are the obvious winners: Notably, Bill de Blasio, who crushed Republican Joe Lhota in an historic landslide after 20 years of Republican (or at least non-Democratic) rule.
But less glaring is the wide range of supporting players, interest groups and even grassroots activists poised to share in the spoils of the new administration, elbowing out those who backed losing candidates.
Some New Yorkers have been spoiled by the Bloomberg centrist style of pragmatic management, yet Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio feels the successes of New York have eluded many and wants to make the city more fair.
exiting stage right
Politically speaking, Bill de Blasio is the luckiest man on the face of the Earth. He will inherit a thriving, dynamic, creative city that is the envy of its competitors. His two most recent predecessors were not so fortunate when they took the oath of office for the first time—Rudy Giuliani was bequeathed a city deemed to be ungovernable, and Mike Bloomberg began his tenure in the shadow of 9/11.
2013: An Election Odyssey
After one of the most tumultuous election cycles in New York City history, Joe Lhota took the stage tonight to concede the mayor’s race to Democrat Bill de Blasio, who will be the city’s next mayor after 12 years of Michael Bloomberg leading City Hall.
It’s official: Bill de Blasio is projected to be the next mayor of New York City.
NY1 called the race for Mr. de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, immediately after the polls closed at 9 p.m. marking a return to Democratic rule in the city for the first time in 20 years.
The Final Countdown
The Daily Show dove back into the mayor’s race last night, delivering a rather brutal assessment of Republican Joe Lhota’s chances in the polls tonight.
After playing a news clip that described Mr. Lhota trailing Bill de Blasio by a huge margin in a recent poll, host Jon Stewart went on to list other equally dismal contests.
An elated Bill de Blasio was in celebration mode as he voted this morning, kicking off the final day of a mayor’s race he is widely expected to win when the polls close tonight.
If Joe Lhota is bummed about the expected outcome tonight, he isn’t showing in.
While most are predicting a blowout victory for Democrat Bill de Blasio, Mr. Lhota repeatedly insisted this morning he still thinks he can win, despite trailing by more than 40 points in the final public polls.
If at first you don't succeed...
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.
Rudy Giuliani this evening suggested that Joe Lhota might follow in his footsteps and run again for mayor in 2017 if he loses his bid tomorrow, as the polls suggest is likely.
“If he wants to run in four more years, he should run in four more years. He’s a very good candidate,” Mr. Giuliani told Politicker before the pair kicked off an evening of last-minute campaigning in Lower Manhattan.