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Candidates Backed By Bloomberg See Success At The Polls

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg was busy this election season, issuing endorsements for a number of candidates in local and national races, and saw the majority of them come out victorious.

In several political races in the past, most notably the 2008 presidential election, Mayor Michael Bloomberg stayed mum.

But this year, Bloomberg was out on the stump, offering support for 29 candidates in the general election, including endorsements for the Democratic candidate for governor of New York, the Republican candidates for New York state attorney general and New York state comptroller, along with numerous candidates for the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.

Out of those 29 endorsements, 21 either won or are ahead in a race that, as of Wednesday evening, was still too close to call.

The mayor picked a winner in Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo, but lost with GOP attorney general candidate Dan Donovan and GOP state comptroller candidate Harry Wilson among others.

Bloomberg says he's disappointed by the losses, but he will work the same way with the candidates who did win.

He says what all of the candidates he backed have in common is a willingness to work across party lines.

“In terms of the candidates that I supported, a big chunk of them won. Not everyone, half a dozen –three or four governors, all of whom are moderates, will govern from the middle, senators from the middle,” said the mayor at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. “I just think that extremism, whether it’s left or right, is not in the interest of the public.”

Bloomberg was also again asked the inevitable question: would he again consider a run for president in 2012, especially given the growing number of independents in the U.S. Bloomberg rolled his eyes at the question, and again insisted he’s not running.

"By the time both parties pick their candidates, it’d be much too late for anybody to enter any race, so those things are ridiculous. But keep in mind, I’m not running," he said.

Longtime Bloomberg deputy Bill Cunningham says he takes the mayor at his word and that the speculation is media-driven.

"He has nothing to do with the stars, he can’t align them. He’s got a job to do and that’s what he’s going to focus on," Cunningham said.

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