NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has emerged as the surprising top choice in the Democratic mayoral primary but could still face weeks before becoming his party's nominee.
The chaotic campaign to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg was plunged into uncertainty early Wednesday.
With 97 percent of precincts reporting, de Blasio has 40.2 percent of the total vote, which puts him just above the 40 percent threshold needed to avoid an Oct. 1 runoff. If he cannot maintain that, he'll face former city comptroller Bill Thompson, who has 26 percent, in a one-on-one showdown with the winner facing Republican nominee Joe Lhota.
Election officials will recount the votes and tabulate absentee ballots, and it may take more than a week before it is known whether a runoff is needed.