During the summer, Bill de Blasio was polling fourth in the Democratic primary. On Tuesday, de Blasio won the general election for mayor in a landslide, capping a remarkable turnaround. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
Bill de Blasio is on his way to City Hall, and although the outcome of the race was hardly a surprise, the victory is no less sweet for him and his supporters.
"To everyone who knocked on doors, made calls, persuaded your friends," de Blasio said. "Even tweeted about this campaign. This victory is yours."
With this win, de Blasio caps off one of the most remarkable come-from-behind campaigns for mayor the city has ever seen. He was in fourth place in polls in the Democratic primary during the summer, but he started to soar after Anthony Weiner became mired in scandals and after his calls for a break from the Bloomberg years resonated with voters.
"Make no mistake. The people of this city have chosen a progressive path, and tonight, we set forth on it together as one city," de Blasio said.
De Blasio focused on income inequality and proposed raising taxes on the wealthy to pay for pre-kindergardebn.
"Changes won't happen overnight, but they will happen," de Blasio said.
His family also played a key role in his campaign, especially his children.
"They make me proud every single day," he said. "And, my fellow New Yorkers, they are very stylish."
Republican Joseph Lhota, who was criticized for running a lackluster campaign, said that he is not looking back.
"I'm not going to give a postmortem analysis. I'll leave that up to you guys who have never been in the arena before," he said.
The election may be over, but now, the hard work really begins for de Blasio. Come January 1, he will be running New York City.