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11/28/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Are New York City Runoffs Superfluous?

Still, the city's Board of Elections will spend about $15 million to mount the runoff, and the four candidates competing in the election can legally spend a total of nearly $8 million. Fewer than 10 percent of registered Democrats are expected to vote.

So the question among some government watchdog groups is whether runoffs, at least in New York, are superfluous.

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