NEW YORK — Bill de Blasio closed in on a decisive victory in Tuesday’s Democratic mayoral primary while onetime front-runner Christine Quinn conceded a stinging defeat.
But it was not immediately clear if de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, would secure the 40 percent of votes necessary to win the primary outright and avoid a runoff election against former Comptroller Bill Thompson, who was polling in second place.
At his election night party in Brooklyn, de Blasio delivered a resounding victory speech, praising supporters who stuck with him during the months when his campaign was drawing little public support. But he credited his stance as the "unapologetically progressive alternative to the Bloomberg era" for helping him break through.
"The 'tale of two cities' will be no more," de Blasio said, referring to a phrase he's used to accuse the Bloomberg administration of focusing on a "chosen few" at the cost of the middle class and the poor. "The building of one city will be our