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Bill De Blasio Secures Democratic Nomination In New York

Bill Thompson, his chief rival, will drop out, the Daily News reports.

Posted on September 16, 2013, at 10:04 a.m. ET

Seth Wenig / AP

Bill de Blasio, a liberal Democrat who ran directly against Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will be his party's nominee in November, escaping a potentially damaging runoff.

Former Comptroller Bill Thompson — who nearly missed the mayoralty in 2009 — will not seek a runoff with de Blasio, New York newspapers reported.

Thompson may not have had much of a choice: A city Democrat told BuzzFeed that the latest vote count puts de Blasio at 40.47%, safely over the threshold that would force a runoff.