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Obama Endorses Fellow Democrat de Blasio for NYC Mayor

De Blasio was endorsed by the Clintons and both New York senators in the past week

Monday, Sep 23, 2013  |  Updated 10:43 AM EDT
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Thompson Concedes Democratic Mayoral Primary

Democrat Bill Thompson bowed to intra-party pressure Monday and conceded the New York City mayoral primary race to Bill de Blasio, a Brooklyn-brownstone progressive who led a populist appeal against the perceived excesses of the Bloomberg administration. Government Affairs reporter Melissa Russo reports.

WATCH: Bill Thompson Concedes NYC Democratic Primary to Bill de Blasio

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President Barack Obama is endorsing fellow Democrat Bill de Blasio for New York City mayor.

Obama hails de Blasio's vision of "progressive change." The campaign theme is similar to the president's when he was elected in 2008.

Obama is the latest national Democrat to endorse de Blasio after he became the party's nominee.

In the past week, the public advocate was backed by former President Bill Clinton, ex-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and both of New York's senators.

In 2009, Obama waited until mid-October to endorse Bill Thompson.

That elicited criticism from some Democrats who felt the president should have done more to help Thompson. He lost to Mayor Michael Bloomberg that November.

De Blasio will face Republican nominee Joe Lhota and independents in the Nov. 5 election.

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