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Runoff Threat Aside, De Blasio Sets Sights On November

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Democratic candidate for mayor Bill de Blasio wasted no time hitting the campaign trail Thursday, speaking at a rally on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall.

Despite a possible runoff, he made it clear to supporters that he's looking toward the general election.

"This is a progressive city. This is a small 'D' and capital 'D' Democratic city. And with your support, with your hard work, with your ability to reach people within each and every neighborhood we will be victorious. God bless you brothers and sisters," De Blasio said.

The Park Slope resident also picked up more than 50 new endorsements, many of them former backers of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Those now backing de Blasio include the hotel trades council as well as Local 32BJ, the service employees international union.

Meantime, top supporters of Bill Thompson are planning to meet Thursday night to discuss whether the former city comptroller should stay in the race for mayor.

A final vote tally may not be ready until next week.

The city Board of Elections says 5,000 voting machines will be opened Friday and the votes will be recounted.

On Monday, the BOE will begin counting some 19,000 paper ballots.

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