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Is NYC on the Cusp of Electing a Progressive Mayor?

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Bill de Blasio, the unabashedly progressive New York City Public Advocate, is on the brink of clinching the Democratic nomination in the New York City mayoral primary. Mr. de Blasio will be able to avoid a runoff election if he can achieve forty percent of the overall vote, which he is currently residing at. While the official tallies aren't expected before Monday, numerous backers of Bill Thompson have switched allegiances to de Blasio in the hopes of avoiding a nasty runoff fight.

    If Mr. de Blasio winds up being mayor, he will be the first Democratic mayor the city has seen in nearly twenty years and has been called the best hope for progressives in New York City in over fifty years. It is exciting that the residents of New York City seem to finally be ready to try a different course after two decades of conservative policies. Bill de Blasio has run on a platform of reforming "Stop and Frisk," ensuring Pre-K for all city children, establishing a livable wage, among many other progressive policies that are far too lacking throughout our entire country. My hope is that his win can begin a discussion about enacting more progressive policies throughout the nation. We have had nearly thirty years of Reaganomics and I think it is high time for a new course. Hopefully New York City will lead the way.

    Have many people been paying attention to this race? What are your thoughts on America's largest city possibly electing a liberal progressive mayor?
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Bill Thompson conceded today, ensuring that Bill de Blasio will be the Democratic nominee for NYC mayor.