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Thompson concedes to de Blasio.

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Sept. 16, 2013, 7:35 a.m.

Former Comp­troller Bill Thompson (D) on Monday con­ceded the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion for New York City may­or to Pub­lic Ad­voc­ate Bill de Bla­sio (D) at a unity rally at City Hall with Gov. An­drew Cuomo (D). Thompson en­dorsed de Bla­sio’s can­did­acy, say­ing: “I am proud to stand here today and sup­port Bill de Bla­sio to be the next may­or of the City of New York.”

Thompson “called the vote-count­ing pro­cess ‘a dis­grace.’ But he had con­cluded, those close to him said, that even if he were to qual­i­fy for a run­off against Mr. de Bla­sio, his chances of vic­tory in the run­off were slim.” (New York Times)

Thompson’s de­cision sets up a gen­er­al match-up between de Bla­sio and former MTA chair­man Joe Lhota (R). The early con­clu­sion of the Demo­crat­ic primary drama could ac­tu­ally be good news for Lhota: NYC busi­ness lead­ers and oth­er po­ten­tial sup­port­ers who are turned off by de Bla­sio’s policies might be able to rally around the Re­pub­lic­an earli­er than they would’ve had the Demo­crat­ic race gone to a run­off.

FRENEMIES?: New York Post‘s Dick­er writes: De Bla­sio and Cuomo “are on a col­li­sion course cer­tain to ex­plode next year — over taxes, class war­fare, charter schools, and Brook­lyn’s Long Is­land Col­lege Hos­pit­al — if de Bla­sio is elec­ted may­or, in­siders agree.”

CLIN­TON’S PITCH­ING IN?: De Bla­sio on Fri­day told sup­port­ers at a rally that Bill and Hil­lary Clin­ton both called to con­grat­u­late him and of­fer their sup­port. De Bla­sio: “They both offered con­grat­u­la­tions. They both offered ex­traordin­ary help­ful ad­vice. And we left it at that. Any­thing in the fu­ture has to be worked out in the fu­ture. There’s no spe­cif­ic ideas bey­ond that.” (Politick­er)
Kev­in Bren­nan

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