ELECTION 2013 – de Blasio Becomes NYC’s First Dem Mayor In 20 Years
Matt | On 05, Nov 2013
Tuesday night was huge for New York City’s Democratic candidate for mayor, Bill de Blasio. He rolled over Joe Lhota, a Republican, with a 72 to 24 percent margin* to take his rightful place in City Hall. (At the time of this post, only 27 percent of the vote was counted. But, exit polling has confirmed a DeBlasio win).
None of the news of de Blasio’s unquestionable victory was a surprise. He led in advance polling well ahead of the election. Not only was de Blasio well-liked, but his diverse family was also a hit with voters. Mr. de Blasio, who is white, is married to Chirlane McCray, a black woman. Their children, Dante and Chiara, were present with them on the campaign trail, even appearing prominently in campaign ads. It was refreshing to see a modern family that connected with real people. Observers noted that the presence of his children offered de Blasio even more voter support.
De Blasio’s election ends the 13-year rule of millionaire Michael Bloomberg, a Republican. In fact, the city hasn’t seen a Democratic mayor since 1993. In his campaign, according to The New York Times, de Blasio appealed to economic, racial, and safety concerns among city residents. Vote tallies show his victory was spread across all five boroughs and across racial and economic lines.
For more information about the New York City race, click here.
*These figures are subject to change as election results become final.