Democrat Bill de Blasio Elected NYC Mayor

World | November 6, 2013, Wednesday // 09:00|  views

Bill de Blasio is seen as one of the most liberal politicians who has run for mayor in decades. Photo EPA/BGNES

Bill de Blasio has been elected Mayor of New York City, making him the first Democrat to hold this office since 1993.

Blasio will replace three-term Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

In addition to New York City, democrats won key elections in the state of Virginia, in the first major round of polls since Barak Obama was reelected President in 2012.

With 14 precincts reporting in New York, de Blasio secured 73% of the vote, convincingly defeating his Republican rival Joe Lhota, who polled 24%.

In his victory speech, he said the poll showed that America's largest city had chosen "a progressive path," and promised to make fighting income inequality his top priority.

De Blasio ran Hillary Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign, and is seen as one of the most liberal politicians who has run for mayor in decades.

Lhota admitted defeat, saying the race had been a good fight, a fight worth having.

Lhota ran the city's public transport authority under Mayor Bloomberg, a Republican-turned-independent, and also worked in the administration of Rudolph Giuliani.

He was praised one year ago for quickly getting the vast subway system running again after monster storm Sandy flooded the city.

In Virginia, Terry McAuliffe beat Republican Ken Cuccinelli in a very close race for the governor's seat. Virginia, longtime Republican stronghold, has witnessed a demographic shift in recent years with Democrat Barak Obama winning the state in the last two presidential elections.

Republican Chris Christie was easily reelected governor of New Jersey. Analysts say his popularity with voters in Democratic-leaning New Jersey makes him a contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Tuesday's races are seen as an early test of both parties' strengths ahead of next year's congressional mid-term elections.

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Tags: Democrat, Bill de Blasio, elections, mayor, New York City, Joe Lhota, Virginia, Michael Bloomberg, Terry McAuliffe, Republican, Ken Cuccinelli, New Jersey, Chris Christie


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