Thompson wins dem nod for mayor; runoff for public advocate
As expected, city Comptroller William Thompson rolled to victory Tuesday night in the Democratic primary for mayor, trouncing City Councilman Tony Avella.
With 92 percent of precincts reporting, Thompson had 70 percent of the vote to Avella's 21 percent, with Roland Rogers getting 8 percent.
The race for public advocate appears headed for a runoff, with City Councilman Bill de Blasio narrowly edging Mark Green, 33 to 31 percent, but with neither capturing the 40 percent necessary to avoid a runoff.
City Councilman Eric Gioia, whose wife gave birth to his second child the day before the election, got 18 percent of the vote and civil rights attorney Norman Siegal came in fourth, at 14 percent. Imitaz Syed got 4 percent.
In the comptroller's race, City Councilman John Liu had 38 percent of the vote with 92 percent of precincts reporting, still shy of the threshold to win it outright.
The Board of Elections said it had 9,500 absentee ballots to count and would probably need a few days.
If there is a runoff, Liu would likely face Councilman David Yassky, who has 30 percent of the vote, ahead of Councilwoman Melinda Katz at 21 percent and Councilman David Weprin at 11 percent.
In the Manhattan District Attorney's race, Cyrus Vance was ahead with 43 percent of the vote and 86 percent of precincts reporting. Leslie Crocker Snyder is next, with 31 percent, and Richard Aborn has 26 percent.
AP contributed to this story