United States

Bill de Blasio elected first democrat Mayor of New York since 1989


The former New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, a Democrat has won the election for the position of New York Mayor.

De Blasio beat the Republican and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota by a massive 73.7% to 24.9%.

This will be the first time that a Democrat has run the city since Ed Koch who was Mayor from 1978 to 1989. Since then the city has been run by Republicans, with Rudy Giuliani occupying the post from 1994 to 2001 and Michael Bloomberg from 2001 to 2013.

There were also elections for comptroller and public advocate which were won by Democrats and members of the New York City Council which is dominated by Democrats.

Turnout appears to have been very low at around 24% of the 4.3 million eligible voters.

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