Mayoral General Election Today, Lhota faces off with de Blasio


New York City’s mayoral election is today, Nov. 5. Former Metropolitan Transportation Authority  chairman and Republican candidate Joseph Lhota is facing off against public advocate and Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio. Adolfo Carrión Jr. is running as an independent candidate.

The last debate of the general election was on Oct. 30.

De Blasio has led the polls since Sept. 15. A recent Quinnipiac poll — from a sample period of Oct. 25 to 29 — showed de Blasio leading with 65 percent compared to Lhota’s 26 percent, and seven percent of voters reported as undecided.

De Blasio won the Democratic primary over former comptroller William Thompson with 40.3 percent of the votes. During a recount to determine if a runoff was necessary, Thompson withdrew from the race on Sept. 16.

Lhota won the Republican primary with 52 percent of the votes. Carrión Jr. ran unopposed.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is not endorsing either candidate for the next election.

In addition to the mayoral election, the general election ballot features the race for New York City comptroller, which includes Democrat Scott Stringer and Republican John Burnett.

Check back later today for a live blog of election results at

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, Nov. 5 print edition. Emily Bell is a news editor. Email her at [email protected]



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