De Blasio confirmed as Democratic candidate for NY mayor
NEW YORK (AFP) - Days after coming second in New York's Democratic mayoral primary, the city's former financial controller Bill Thompson threw in the towel on Monday and backed Bill de Blasio.
The move means that de Blasio, who won Tuesday's primary with 40.3 per cent, will face Republican Joe Lhota in Nov 5 elections for the powerful post.
Thompson, who got 26.2 per cent in the primary, had refused to concede, saying not all ballots had been counted.
Even at a news conference on Monday, he said "tens of thousands of votes" had yet to be tallied and that this was "a disgrace." Still, he said he was backing de Blasio, the city's public advocate, because both wanted "to move our city forward."