Politics

Democrats sweep mayoral elections in New York, other major cities

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during his election night victory gathering on Tuesday.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during his election night victory gathering on Tuesday.
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It was a good night for Democrats in some of the nation's largest cities.

New York's Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, a forceful critic of President Trump, easily won a second term. And Democrats also won several major cities and closely watched races, including those in Boston, Charlotte, N.C., and Seattle.

With all of the precincts counted, de Blasio had 66 percent of the vote to 28 percent for his main rival, Republican Nicole Malliotakis.

"It's a good night for progressives," de Blasio said at a victory party, according to The New York Times. "For the first time in 32 years, a Democratic mayor was re-elected in New York City. But let's promise each other: This is the beginning of a new era of progressive Democratic leadership in New York City for years and years to come."

Member station WNYC in New York reports: "Republican Staten Island Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis was [de Blasio's] top challenger, but failed to get widespread recognition and support. Meanwhile de Blasio campaigned on record lows on crime, expanding free pre-K and increasing the number of affordable housing units across the city."

He accused Duggan of being corrupt, favoring downtown business interests over neighborhood concerns, and effectively creating "two Detroits:" one for prosperous newcomers, and another for mostly poor, longtime city residents.

Duggan alluded to those 'us versus them attacks' in his victory speech without ever mentioning Young's name, saying he deliberately chose to take the high road in his campaign.

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