Why This New York Mayoral Election Is Unlike Any in Decades

With crime down and with fears of terrorism receding, voters are free to focus on issues such as income inequality and affordable housing — and it’s why Bill DeBlasio is the unlikely front-runner.

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2103, file photo, Public Advocate and New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio accepts the endorsement of the Committee of Interns and Residents in New York. Although his opponent Bill Thompson nearly overtook Mayor Michael Bloomberg four years ago on the strength of black voters, de Blasio, a harsh critic of "stop and frisk" and father of interracial children, is challenging him for their support. 

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