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Election Day: Who Will Run NYC?

As republicans promise to maintain Bloomberg's policies, all the buzz seems to surround democratic nominee Bill de Blasio

By: Daniel Koren
Published: September 10th, 2013 in News » World
Bill de Blasio

Over the last twelve years, New York republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg has redefined an era for the city of New York, despite the claim from staunch democrats and liberals that his policies cater specifically to the aristocratic and high-class elite socialites that crowd the city's Manhattan neighbourhood.

But today, that can all come to an end, as primary day begins in New York City, bringing the chance for the city to elect its first non-republican mayor since 1989, when David Dinkins became the city's first African-American mayor.

Republican hopefuls like disgraced Anthony Weiner have insisted they will continue to run the city in typical Bloomberg fashion; democrats like Bill De Blasio, however, are taking another route.

Though he faces tough opposition from city councilwoman Christine Quinn, a member of the LGBT community who would make headlines as the city's first female and openly gay mayor, and former comptroller Bill Thompson, De Blasio has steadily risen in the polls over the past few weeks, particularly since Mayor Bloomberg attacked his campaign, calling him a 'racist' for 'showcasing' his interracial family.

De Blasio's 15-year-old son Dante has been the face of his campaign; sporting an afro, in one ad he says his father is the "only Democrat with the guts to really break from the Bloomberg years" and "end a stop-and-frisk era that unfairly targets people of colour."


De Blasio, whose wife is African-American, has been leading the polls amongst African-American voters, and has been on the rise ever since. Many believe he will win today's primary.

CNN reports that he is favoured to garner at least 36%, which, considering the amount of democratic hopefuls in this year's race, seemed unlikely at first. Regardless, many believe it won't be enough for him to avoid a runoff, due to Bill Thompsons' favorable reputation in the New York community.

This means, according to some experts, that Quinn won't make the runoff either.

This year's election race has been soaked in scandal, particularly from its Jewish mayoral candidates Carlos Danger...er...Anthony Weiner, and Elliot Spitzer.

To highlight the list of spectacles Weinergate has brought forth this year alone could take days, but we can certainly look at the skinny: he fought with a Brooklyn Jewish resident who insulted his wife; he offended many with trying on a fake Caribbean accent; he was ridiculed, naturally, by Syndey Leathers (his most recent 'sexting' partner) via a mockumentary porno film, and on Howard Stern; he broke a new record for most unfavourable mayoral candidate of New York; the New Yorker depicted him as King Kong, and, also, Carlos Danger Weiner Dogs.

Spitzer, with more and more women coming out of the woodwork to accuse him of sexual assault, hasn't been having his finest year either. Neither two are poised to make significant headway today.

The Associated Press reports that today's polls opened at 6 a.m. and will close at 9 p.m. Experts apparently do not expect a high turnout.

Related articles: Election Day, New York Mayor, Bill De Blasio, Anthony Weiner, Michael Bloomberg, Christine Quinn, Elliot Spitzer
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