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Bill Thompson Wins Mayoral Primary, Takes On Bloomberg Next

SARA KUGLER   09/15/09 11:04 PM ET   AP

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NEW YORK — New York City Comptroller William Thompson Jr. has cruised to victory in the Democratic mayoral primary and will face billionaire incumbent Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

With 62 percent of precincts reporting, Thompson had about 69 percent of the vote. City Councilman Tony Avella of Queens had 22 percent.

The Democratic mayoral contest was a lonely race this year after Bloomberg announced he would run again.

Bloomberg had been barred from a third term but persuaded the City Council last year to change the term-limits law.

Thompson says now the real work begins.

He has raised about $6 million, while Bloomberg has already spent more than $40 million of his own money.

Bloomberg is not registered with a party and did not compete in a primary Tuesday.

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