- New York City’s Democratic mayor, Bill de Blasio, is expected to easily win reelection on Tuesday.
- De Blasio campaigned on his first-term achievements, which include universal pre-K and protecting and promoting affordable housing.
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio is facing off on Tuesday against Republican Staten Island Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and former police detective Bo Dietl, who’s running as an independent, in the New York City mayoral election.
De Blasio, first elected in 2013, has campaigned on his most significant first-term achievements, which include universal free pre-K for 4-year-olds, creating or preserving thousands of affordable housing units, and repealing stop-and-frisk while working to make the NYPD more community focused. He’s been buoyed by the lowest crime rates in decades and stabilizing rent prices.
Despite facing federal and state investigations into his fundraising practices, battles with New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and tensions with the police department, de Blasio has managed to coast through his campaign largely drama-free.
Malliotakis has strongly criticised de Blasio’s approach to rising homelessness and campaigned on tighter restrictions on immigrants, including stripping New York City of its sanctuary city status and denying undocumented immigrants financial aid for state colleges. But her positions are largely out of step with the city’s predominantly liberal voters.
Dietl, a bombastic supporter of President Donald Trump, has focused on attacking both his Democratic and Republican opponents.
De Blasio is expected to win by a wide margin, but it is unclear what percentage of New York City voters will show up to the polls. In this year’s primary, just 14% of the city’s 4.5 million registered voters cast their ballots.
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