Bill de Blasio Leads NYC Democratic Mayoral Primary, Anthony Weiner Mercifully Eliminated

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Bill de Blasio claimed a commanding victory in New York City's Democratic primary race for mayor, while Anthony Weiner finished a distant fifth.

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With 97 percent of the precincts reporting, it was not clear early Wednesday morning whether de Blasio had won the Democratic nomination outright.

The latest tally showed public advocate de Blasio had 40.2 percent of the vote, just a whisker more than the 40 percent needed to win the primary.

Controller Bill Thompson had 26 percent. If no candidate finishes with more than 40 in the primary, the top two must compete in a runoff election.

With tens of thousands of votes outstanding, including 19,000 paper ballots, it could take the Board of Elections at least several days to sort it all out.

Introduced by his 16-year-old son, Dante, and 19-year-old daughter, Chiara, who were fixtures of his campaign, de Blasio claimed victory last night.

“We are better as a city when we make sure that everyone has a shot,” he said, reprising his mantra of bringing the income gap in NYC. “We begin tonight.”

But Thompson was far from ready to concede the primary, vowing to stay in the race until every last vote is counted ... which could be for awhile.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn had 15.5 percent, Controller John Liu had 7 percent and Anthony Weiner earned less than 5 percent of the vote.

They are eliminated ... not a moment too soon in the latter's case. Either de Blasio or Thompson will face Joe Lhota, who won the Republican nomination.

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