Reaction to Bill Thompson's decision to drop out of the mayoral race came quickly with some New Yorkers more concerned with the voting process and others focused on the eventual outcome. NY1's Kristen Shaughnessy filed the following report.
The votes will be counted but with Bill Thompson bowing out, do those votes really count? It's a troubling thought for those who either were rooting for Bill Thompson, the Democratic process or both.
"If you're going to drop out because you feel every Democrat has to unite and vote for one person you shouldn't have run in the first place," said one New Yorker.
"I don't think his supporters will be happy going behind Bill de Blasio. They're actually two different people, two different policies. I think that might have voters push away and not even go vote actually," said another New Yorker.
"I think he should have waited. Every vote counts. Every vote counts. That is my understanding, I mean it's the world we live in. So if you're not counting every vote why are we voting at all?" questioned a third New Yorker.
Thompson says there was no guarantee the city Board of Elections would count those votes reliably. But others understand the possible politics and maneuvering behind Thompson's decision and why he switched from saying every vote counts to the need for Democrats to unite.
"I believe it's both. And that if you don't count every vote like what happened in 2000 with Bush and Gore then you may end up getting the wrong person for the job. Because Thompson decided to quit and support de Blasio it's better to have that kind of support behind him, especially when he is going against Lhota," said one New Yorker.
"They make a decision to work as a team. I support that," said another New Yorker.
"You know every vote counts but Democrats should unite. This is a crucial time in this mayoral race," said another New Yorker.
It is no surprise that Bill Thompson's strongest supporters are having a harder time accepting his decision to drop out than those who are willing to see Bill de Blasio run City Hall.