De Blasio wins Democratic primary for New York City mayor

Racial politics colors New York City's mayoral race

Mayor de Blasio cruised to an easy victory in the Democratic primary on Tuesday - trouncing little-known former City Council member Sal Albanese and other long-shot hopefuls in a race that was never competitive.

The mayor, who spent much of his first term in search of greater national relevance, has used President Trump as a foil in the campaign.

De Blasio will now face Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, of Staten Island, and private detective Bo Dietl, an independent, in November's general election. When prompted whether or not New Yorkers should have the ability to purchase weed along city streets, he replied, "I believe the laws we have now are the right laws".

Among the City Council races to watch is the contest in central Queens between Francisco Moya, a state assemblyman, and Hiram Monserrate, a former councilman and state senator convicted in 2009 of assaulting his then-girlfriend, and in 2012 of committing felony fraud while on the Council.

Nicole Malliotakis
Nicole Malliotakis

The lowest Democratic primary turnout in recent memory came in 2009, when just over 11% of active registered Democrats in the city bothered to show up and vote in the race won by William Thompson, who carried 71% of the vote and went on to lose in a surprisingly close matchup against third-term incumbent Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

In Brooklyn, acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez defeated a crowded field of candidates to remain the borough's top prosecutor. Unofficial results show he has more than half the votes with nearly 90 percent of precincts reporting. In 2005, 18% of registered active Democrats turned out in a primary won by Fernando Ferrer, who earned 40% of the vote. Monserrate was expelled from the state Senate after he was convicted of assaulting his girlfriend and later served almost two years in prison after pleading guilty to fraud and corruption charges in a separate case. Thompson died shortly after, and no replacement was officially named, leaving Gonzalez in place.

Letitia James handily won the Democratic primary for public advocate.

The general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7.

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