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The Mayor's race

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.
September 11, 2013 1:17:26 PM PDT
One ad on TV. That's the look-back story on Bill de Blasio today - about how he turned around a Mayoral campaign mired in opinion poll sludge 2 months ago, to win the Democratic Party primary last night.

Lots of backslapping over the simple brilliance of that ad, using de Blasio's wife (an African-American) and their two kids - the kind of diverse family that's familiar in New York and, perhaps as importantly, the kind of diverse family New Yorkers like to think they embrace in the country's biggest city.

De Blasio won impressively in all boroughs, and across all important demographics - age, gender, race, sexual orientation, education, income level, religion. Christine Quinn, trying to become the first woman and openly lesbian Mayor of New York, lost badly - especially among women and gays.

In second place is Bill Thompson, the man who came within a few points of beating Mayor Bloomberg four years ago. Whether his campaign is over, however, is still unknown. For some reason - and it boggles the mind how this is happening - the 19,000 outstanding ballots yet to be counted won't be finally tabulated until next week. Next week!

Until then, we don't know for sure whether de Blasio got the 40 percent of the votes cast to avoid a runoff with Thompson. And that means we don't know when the general campaign can begin, and when either de Blasio or Thompson takes on Republican nominee Joe Lhota in the battle to become New York's 109th Mayor.

Interesting, in a City where Dems outnumber Repubs by about 6-to-1, Mr. Lhota easily won the election with about 26,000 votes, 20 percent or so fewer than the fifth place finisher in the Democratic race, Anthony Weiner. (Remember when Weiner was going to be a force, and maybe even the nominee in this race?)

Tonight at 11, we'll have the latest on the still undecided race.

Also at 11, we'll revisit this morning's 9-11 memorial, to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the terror attacks. Another somber and emotional reading of the names ? this year, the longest ceremony yet, as many relatives of the victims felt compelled to read a poem or make a heartfelt statement about their family member. And I've written my remembrance of that horrible day, on our website. Click here to read it.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast - 94 today! - and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

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