NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – New York City mayoral candidate Bill Thompson has conceded the Democratic primary race to front-runner Bill de Blasio.
Thompson said at a news conference Monday that he was proud to endorse de Blasio as the Democratic nominee.
“I am proud to stand here today and support Bill de Blasio to be the next mayor of the City of New York,” Thompson said. “Bill de Blasio and I want to move our city forward in the same direction. We share the fundamental same views and values — this is bigger than either one of us.”
De Blasio was standing behind Thompson. He said he had the honor to work with Thompson for many years and said there was “no man of greater integrity.”
“I am profoundly honored, I’m profoundly humbled to receive the support of Bill Thompson and his extraordinary coalition,” de Blasio said.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo played a role in brokering the deal, according to two people familiar with Thompson’s decision. Cuomo attended the City Hall event.
In unofficial returns with 99 percent of precincts reporting, de Blasio had 40.3 percent of the vote – slightly more than the 40 percent threshold needed to win outright. Thompson was at 26.2 percent.
The Board of Elections completed the recanvass of machine votes in the mayoral Democratic primary election Sunday night. The elections board was beginning to count some 78,000 absentee and other paper ballots Monday.
They will have to be validated before the results can be released by the middle or end of this week.
Thompson criticized the city’s Board of Elections, calling the number of outstanding ballots yet to be counted “a disgrace.”
“Almost a week after the primary, we still don’t know the outcome of the election,” he said. “For all we know, given the Board of Elections, they may not finish counting the paper …read more
Source: CBS local New York