Bill de Blasio Elected Mayor of New York City in Landslide Win

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Democrat Bill de Blasio defeated Republican Joe Lhota to be elected the 109th mayor of New York City. He will succeed Michael Bloomberg at the helm.

The 52-year-old Bill de Blasio has held the office of New York City Public Advocate since 2010, and was favored to win the race easily, which he did.

He is expected to receive at least 70 percent of the vote at last count.

A populist, he has promised to help close the gap between the rich and poor, which is a big change from his Republican turned independent predecessor.

Despite his unprecedented progress on some social issues, Bloomberg has been criticized by de Blasio for the widening equality gap in N.Y. City.

Also, his stop-and-frisk policy became a talking point, with the mayor-elect even saying he offers "an unapologetic progressive alternative" to Bloomberg.

De Blasio rallied to win the Democratic primary earlier this fall, despite opposition from Bill Thompson and Christine Quinn, who many felt were the favorites.

Anthony Weiner was also a contender for a time, before ... you know.

Bill celebrated his big win with his wife, Chirlane McCray, and their children, Dante and Chiara, at an election party in Brooklyn, according to reports.

Some fun facts about the man who will lead the nation's biggest city:

  • Bill De Blasio was born Warren Wilhelm, but later decided to take De Blasio, his mother’s maiden name, since his parents split and his father was an alcoholic.
  • He lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with his wife, Chirlane, and their children, Dante and Chiara, both of whom attend public schools.
  • Bill and Chirlane, who is African-American, met while both working for New York’s first African-American mayor, David Dinkins.
  • Bill managed Hillary Clinton‘s campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2000.
  • He formerly served as a New York City Council member representing the 39th District in Brooklyn.
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