Unless the relatively unknown GOP nominee Joe Lhota pulls off an upset come November it’ll be back to the bad old days in New York City as far left Democrat candidate Bill De Blasio won handily Tuesday night, possibly avoiding a runoff in three weeks. Amazingly, a Democrat hasn’t won in NYC since 1989.
Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota were primed for an Election Day clash in November after both breezed to easy victories Tuesday night in the mayoral primaries.
De Blasio crushed second-place finisher Bill Thompson as unofficial results showed he also squeaked past the magic 40 percent mark needed to avoid an Oct. 1 runoff.
De Blasio’s victory was so sweeping that he even beat Thompson among black voters, 44 to 41 percent, according to exit polls.
But Thompson refused to concede, telling cheering supporters that “this is far from over” and “every vote, every voice, needs to be heard before the final decision is made.”
Thompson was competitive against Mike Bloomberg in 2009 but doesn’t exactly light the world on fire.
On the Republican side, Lhota cruised to a double-digit victory over John Catsimatidis, with unofficial results showing he captured more than 50 percent of the vote.
Without mentioning de Blasio by name, Lhota blasted the public advocate’s “tale of two cities” campaign theme, calling it “nothing more than class warfare — an attempt to divide our city.”
Lhota main problems are name recognition and the fact there are about 20 registered Republicans in the five boroughs. Perhaps if he runs a campaign reminding voters what a mess the city was the last time a Democrat was in charge he may have a shot.