NEW YORK — Voters headed to the polls Tuesday in what has been one of the city’s wildest and most unpredictable primaries in more than a decade as residents of the nation’s largest city begin the process of choosing a successor to outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
It’s the first time in 12 years that New Yorkers are picking a new mayor, and while Bloomberg isn’t on the ballot, it’s a race that increasingly has been about him and his legacy on everything from income inequality to affordable housing and public safety.
On the Democratic side, polls showed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio within striking distance of the 40 percent threshold necessary to avoid a runoff election.
A Quinnipiac poll released Monday found de Blasio with 39 percent support among likely Democratic voters — a major lead over former Comptroller Bill Thompson, who had 25 percent support; and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who had 18 percent. The other candidates, including former Rep. Anthony Weiner, trailedRead More »from NYC voters head to the polls in first step of picking a new mayor