UPDATE: Runoffs for public advocate and comptroller; Thompson is Dem choice for mayor
City comptroller William Thompson cruised to victory in Tuesday night's Democratic primary for mayor, while the other two citywide races are headed for runoffs.
At least four city council incumbents were defeated, which is unusual for an office with very high re-election rates.
Thompson trounced City Councilman Tony Avella, 70 percent to 21 percent, with Roland Rogers getting 8 percent.
The public advocate race was a nail biter, with Councilman Bill de Blasio narrowly edging former Public Advocate Mark Green, 33 to 31 percent, but with neither capturing the 40 percent necessary to avoid a runoff.
City Councilman Eric Gioia 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, just shy of the threshold to win it outright. He will face Councilman David Yassky, who got 30 percent of the vote, in two weeks.
Councilwoman Melinda Katz got 21 percent and Councilman David Weprin 11 percent.
In the Manhattan District Attorney's race, Cyrus Vance, who endorsed by outgoing DA Robert Morgenthau, won with 44 percent of the vote, finishing ahead of Leslie Crocker Snyder, who got 30 percent, and Richard Aborn, with 26 percent.
There is no runoff in that race.
In the city council, Alan Gerson who represents Chinatown and the Lower East Side, lost his re-election bid to Margaret Chin, who received 39 percent of the vote to Gerson's 31.
Councilman Kendal Stewart of Flatbush was defeated by Jumaane Williams by 12 points. Helen Sears, who represents parts of Jackson Heights, lost to Daniel Dromm, 49 to 40 percent.
Kenneth Mitchell of Staten Island, who won a special election in February, was beaten handily by Deborah Rose, 55 to 39 percent.
Thomas White of South Ozone Park, Darlene Mealy of Brooklyn and Maria Baez of the Bronx, were all in danger of losing their seats, with absentee ballots yet to be counted.
Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who represents Chelsea and parts of the Village, held off a strong challenge from civil rights attorney Yetta Kurland, defeating her 52 to 31 percent, with Maria Passannante-Derr getting 16 percent.