Mayor wins Democratic primary, says there's 'More to do'

NEW YORK - Mayor Bill de Blasio is looking to November after handily winning the Democratic primary Tuesday.

He took about 75 percent of the vote.

His nearest challenger, Sal Albanese, had 15.2 percent of the vote, a little more than 66,000 ballots.

Michael Tolkin had 4.7 percent of the vote, Robert Gangi had 3.1 percent of the vote, and Richard Bashner had 2.4 percent of the vote.

Turnout was low, with a little more than 435,000 people voting in the mayoral primary. But it was not quite as low as 2009, when Mayor Mike Bloomberg ran for a third term.

In his victory speech, de Blasio said that while he loves New York City, he does not accept the status quo.

"We've got more to do my friends. We've got more to do. I've seen up close the challenges too. I've seen the ways that we need to still build a fairer city and I'm not going to stop until we build that fairer city for every New Yorker," De Blasio said.

The mayor now moves to the general election, for which his main challenger will be Republican Nicole Malliotakis, a member of the state Assembly whose district covers parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn. She was unopposed in the Republican primary for mayor.

Albanese will also be on the general election ballot on the Reform Party line.

Meanwhile, NY1 has projected Eric Gonzalez to be the winner of the Democratic primary for Brooklyn district attorney.

With a little less than 100 percent of the vote in as of 12:28 a.m. Wednesday, Gonzalez had 53.1 percent of the vote.

His nearest challenger, Anne Swern, had 11.5 percent of the vote. She was followed by Marc Fliedner with 10.2 percent of the vote, Patricia Gatling with 9.3 percent on the vote, Vincent Gentile with 8.7 percent of the vote,  and Ana Dwimoh with 7.2 percent.

In a particularly contentious city council race in Queens, State Assemblyman Francisco Moya won the Democratic primary over former State Sen. Hiram Monserrate in the 21st district.

As of 12:28 a.m. Wednesday, with 100 percent of precincts reporting, Moya has 55.6 percent of the vote to Monserrate's 44.4 percent.

In the race for City Council District 1 in Lower Manhattan, as of 12:28 a.m. Wednesday, the incumbent, Margaret Chin, had 45.9 percent of the vote, with 100 percent of precincts reporting. Her nearest challenger, Christopher Marte, had 44.1 percent of the vote.

In City Council District 8, which will be vacated by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who is term limited, with 100 percent of precincts reporting, community leader Diana Ayala had 43.7 percent of the vote, while her nearest challenger, Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez, had 42.3 percent of the vote.

If you would like to know more about primary races in your area or see any of our past debates, check out our special Decision 2017 page.

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