New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio inched closer to winning a second term on Tuesday night with what appeared to be an easy win in the city’s Democratic primary, the Associated Press reports. Amid what was described as “abysmal” turnout, de Blasio was declared the winner by the AP shortly after the polls closed at 9 p.m., with 73 percent of the vote. His main opponent, lawyer and former City Council member Sal F. Albanese, trailed behind with 16 percent. De Blasio’s other three opponents—Richard Bashner, a Brooklyn community board leader; Robert Gangi, a police reform activist; and Michael Tolkin, a technology entrepreneur—pulled in less than 10 percent of the vote. De Blasio is now due to go up against Republican candidate Nicole Malliotakis, and Bo Dietl, a former police detective running as an independent, in the Nov. 7 general election.
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