Bill de Blasio Casts His Vote Amid Media Storm

Bill de Blasio chats with reporters after voting this morning.

Bill de Blasio chats with reporters.

Judging by the horde of cameras alone, Election Day is Bill de Blasio’s day.

The public advocate and his wife voted near their Park Slope home this morning, meeting a storm of cameras and reporters as they ambled into a local library to vote. Mr. de Blasio, leading his mayoral rivals comfortably in all of the latest polls, brushed off any talk that he would vault past 40 percent and avoid a runoff in the Democratic primary. 

“I’ve said many times we expect a runoff, we’re ready for a runoff and we’ve been planning all along for it,” Mr. de Blasio told reporters after he had voted. “Our team is energized and ready to finish strong today, then we’ll be up in the morning ready to go tomorrow.”

Mr. de Blasio, holding hands with his wife Chirlane McCray, first crossed 9th Street where eager reporters, waiting on the other side, staked him out. The couple ducked into the 6th Avenue polling site, cameras tumbling after them. In the cramped basement, a few befuddled voters looked on as Mr. de Blasio signed in as a dozen or so cameras clicked away. Cameramen battled for position to catch the public advocate coming into and out of the booth.

Though only a few voters were at the site a little after 7 a.m., Mr. de Blasio was warmly received on his home turf. A man screamed “de Blasio!” from a passing car and several voters told reporters they were excited for the possible triumph of Mr. de Blasio’s populist campaign.

“As far his commercials, that’s what made him … that’s what convinced me to vote for him,” said Lisa Rodriguez, a 44 year-old accountant from Park Slope. “He stands for what we stands for. My daughter loves him.”

Bill de Blasio Casts His Vote Amid Media Storm