Lhota, de Blasio cast their votes bright and early

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Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio, left, and Republican Joe Lhota are vying to be New York City’s next mayor.
Credit: Illustration by Billy Becerra

Bill de Blasio did not oversleep the morning of the general election.

About 45 minutes late to his scheduled voting time, the Democratic candidate recently outed as “not a morning person” happily explained the morning that’s “already made [his] day wonderful” — for a reason he said was even more wonderful than the excitement of getting to vote for himself.

The candidate said he was “a little sad” because he had been told his daughter Chiara was busy with tests 3,000 miles away at school and would not be able to join him to vote this morning.

“But it turned out that was all a clever ruse perpetrated by my family,” he said, grinning.

His cousin Vinny, apparently the brains behind the infamous de Blasio family “smackdown dance” from the West Indian Day Parade, showed up at the candidate’s home “seemingly innocently” with some election-morning breakfast.

“Chiara burst out from the side!” de Blasio said. “It was beautifully staged.”

“And so that’s made my day wonderful,” the visibly happy candidate said. “As we’re waiting on the results, I’m already floating on air because my daughter’s with us.”

“And this guy’s OK too,” he added, pointing at his son, Dante.

When asked if he overslept, he explained his family “spent some family time together first” after Chiara’s surprise arrival.

“Sorry, Joe Lhota,” he added.

Republican candidate Joe Lhota, trailing in recent polls by about 40 points, said he was “very optimistic about today.”

Asked if he would do anything differently, he said, “Everything I’ve done I’ve wanted to do.”

“And I’m looking forward to tonight,” he added. “I’m very optimistic about tonight.”

Lhota ran into trouble at his poll site the day of the primary election and had to vote by emergency ballot. Board of Elections executive director Michael Ryan said they made sure that did not happen again this time.

But Lhota shrugged off questions about the last time, apparently forgetting how disgruntled he had been just two months ago when he called for reforms to the Board of Elections.

“It was smooth last time as well,” he said today. “I voted by paper ballot, it was probably faster than voting by the machine.”

“My vote got counted today just like it got counted in the primary,” he added.

Asked to reflect on his campaign, Lhota responded, “Why don’t you talk to me when the campaign is over.”

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