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NYC Mayoral Party Primaries Under Way

September 10, 2013

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Voters in New York City headed to the polls Tuesday to choose their parties' candidates who will vie to succeed Michael R. Bloomberg as mayor of the Big Apple.

While polls indicate Bill de Blasio held a comfortable edge in the Democratic primary, concern focused on whether he would top the 40 percent threshold needed to become the nominee outright, or face a runoff against the runner-up, The New York Times said.

Polls suggested either former city comptroller William C. Thompson Jr., or Christine C. Quinn, City Council speaker were polling behind de Blasio.

In the Republican primary, Joseph J. Lhota, a former Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman, and John A. Catsimatidis, a billionaire businessman, led the field, the Times said.

The Times said fewer than one in four Democrats and Republicans were expected to vote in the party primaries.

Democratic mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner, hit hard by revelations that he was involved in sexting even after resigning his U.S. House seat over an earlier sexting scandal, trailed in the polls heading into the party's primary.

The mayoral election is in November.

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