Election Day in New York. Advantage De Blasio.

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Who is going to succeed Bloomberg ?

Apparently, there is little suspense, as De Blasio is heading the race. But as someone told me not later than yesterday :

« Decisions are made by those who show up. That is never truer than on Election Day ».

In case you missed our yesterday’s ticket, take a look at it here.


Get more in the NYT

1. De Blasio, Far Ahead in New York Mayoral Polls, Talks of Mandate; Lhota Hopes for Upset


“ Concerned that his overwhelming lead in the race to be New York mayor could depress voter turnout,  Bill de Blasio on Monday warned supporters against complacency as he sought to win with a decisive mandate that could propel his liberal agenda. By definition, in the political process, the more support you get in an election, the more ability you have to achieve your goals,” Mr. de Blasio, the Democratic nominee, told reporters after a visit to a senior center in the Bronx. “If we get a strong result, it will help us get our work done.” More. 


2. New York Today: To the Polls


It might not feel exactly suspenseful to you, but imagine, for a moment, being part of a mayoral campaign.

We asked the City Hall bureau chief of The New York Times, David W. Chen, what the candidates’ advisers will be watching today.

Mr. Chen told us that the campaign of the Democrat, Bill de Blasio, who is well ahead in the polls, will scrutinize early voter turnout in areas where he expects to perform well.

Those include the Upper West Side, brownstone Brooklyn, and predominantly black and Hispanic neighborhoods from the Bronx to Central Brooklyn.

“If there’s any sense that the numbers are soft, you’ll see them redoubling their efforts on phone calls and social media,” Mr. Chen said.

Joseph J. Lhota, the Republican, will be leaning on areas affected by Hurricane Sandy: Staten Island, South Brooklyn and the Rockaways.

Those have been Republican or swing areas in the past.

Mr. Lhota’s campaign lacks his rival’s “sophisticated get-out-the-vote operation,” Mr. Chen said. “So it will be harder to track how they think things are going today.”

Around 1.1 million voters are expected to cast ballots, or less than 25 percent of those eligible to vote.

Here’s what else you need to know for Tuesday.

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