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Politics

Bill de Blasio holds big lead in NYC mayor’s race

Needs 40 percent to avert a runoff

NEW YORK — Public Advocate Bill de Blasio capped a surge from seemingly nowhere in New York City’s mayoral primary Tuesday by taking a commanding lead on his Democratic opponents, hovering near the threshold needed to avoid a runoff.

Former Metropolitan Transit Authority chairman Joe Lhota easily won in the GOP nomination, capping a chaotic primary to succeed 12 years of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The night also marked the unceremonious end to the bid by a City Council leader trying to become the first female and openly gay mayor, and to the political comebacks of scandal-scarred candidates Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer.

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