De Blasio Has 40.88 Percent of Primary Vote, After Tally of Machines and Emergency Ballots
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, center, raises the hands of Democratic mayoral candidates Bill de Blasio, left, and Bill Thompson on the steps of City Hall, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 in New York. Thompson conceded to de Blasio, avoiding a runoff election in the Democratic primary, leaving de Blasio to face Republican candidate Joe Lhota in the Nov. 5 election. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio won 40.88 percent of the primary vote, staying ahead of the mark he needed to avoid a runoff, according to an official count of voting machines and emergency ballots, officials said Wednesday.
The vote tally, which is not yet certified and does not include thousands of absentee ballots, was released more than a week after the primary was held, and two days after the second-place Democratic finisher, Bill Thompson, conceded the race.
De Blasio needed 40 percent to avoid a runoff with Thompson, and Thompson dropped out Monday
, saying he wasn't sure the vote count would be finished in time to have a meaningful campaign for a runoff anyway.
The absentee count is not expected to dramatically change the result.
In the results released Wednesday, de Blasio finished with 270,688 votes, and Thompson ended with 173,839, or 26.25 percent. Third-place finisher Christine Quinn had 102,578 votes, or 15.49 percent.