New York City democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson says he will pull out of the race and avoid a runoff election with front runner Bill de Blasio as the party’s nominee for mayor. Thompson — who received roughly 26 percent of the vote in last week’s primary — says he will endorse de Blasio later Monday.
With 99 percent of precincts reporting, De Blasio has claimed a little more than the 40 percent of votes, the amount necessary to avoid a runoff election. But with tens of thousands of ballots still uncounted, Thompson still could have managed to force a runoff. Sources close to Thompson told The New York Times that even if he managed to do so, the chances of victory were too small to continue.
This leaves de Blasio to face Republican nominee Joe Lhota in the Nov. 5 election to replace three-term Mayor Michael Bloomberg.