Nabbing 74 percent of New Yorker’s votes, Mayor Bill de Blasio took another step closer to the reelection many expect him to secure following Tuesday’s primary election.
He defeated debate foe Sal Albanese, a lawyer and former City Councilman in his third bid for mayor, as well as attorney Richard Bashner, police reformer Bob Gangi and tech entrepreneur Mike Tolkin on the Democratic ballot.
De Blasio will now face Republican Staten Island Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who ran unopposed in the primary, and independent former NYPD detective Bo Dietl on Nov. 7.
Tolkin is slated to hold a press conference Wednesday to announce that he will run in the general election on the Smart Cities ballot, according to a statement from his campaign.
“Tonight we took another big step toward a fairer city for all, tonight another ratification of all that we’ve been doing together, and it’s going to give us the fuel to go farther,” de Blasio said at his Brooklyn victory party, according to The New York Times.
Roughly 435,000 Democrats went to the polls yesterday, the third lowest turnout since the mid-1960s, the Times reported.
Incumbent Public Advocate Letitia James defeated challenger David Eisenbach and will face Republican Juan Carlos Polanco on Nov. 7.
Also up for reelection this year is City Comptroller Scott Stringer, who was unopposed in the primary and will face Republican minister Michel Faulkner.
The first general election debates for mayor, public advocate and comptroller will take place Oct. 10, Oct. 16 and Oct. 17, respectively, according to the Campaign Finance Board.