De Blasio wins NY Democratic mayoral primary: Exit polls
NEW YORK CITY(AFP) - New York exit polls showed that public advocate Bill de Blasio had won the Democratic primary election, a springboard to becoming the next mayor of the overwhelmingly Democratic city.
The left-leaning 52-year-old was reported by local media to have a wide lead over his opponents, however it was not yet clear whether he would secure the 40 per cent needed to avoid a runoff election.
The city's former financial controller Bill Thompson and openly gay city council speaker Christine Quinn, were slugging it out for second place, unofficial results showed.
If no candidate scores an outright victory, a second round of voting will be held on October 1.