NYC primary politics resume after 1-day silence

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Associated Press

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 13 at 4:05 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Several New York City Democratic leaders and labor unions are rallying behind Public Advocate Bill de Blasio in hopes of preventing a mayoral runoff.

De Blasio says he is "thrilled to have the reinforcements" who previously backed other candidates.

He has slightly more than the 40 percent of the vote needed to avoid an Oct. 1 runoff. Election officials will check the vote totals and add absentee ballots.

If de Blasio dips under 40 percent, he'll face runner-up Bill Thompson. But several leaders are calling for Thompson, an ex-comptroller, to bow out now.

Five state Assembly members and three city councilmen switched from Thompson to de Blasio on Thursday. Others previously backed City Council Christine Quinn, who lost in Tuesday's primary.

Thompson has said he'll stay in the race.

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