Voters will decide on Democratic and Republican candidates for the New York City mayor's race in today's primary election.
Democratic primary candidates in the mayor's race include Sal Albanese, Randy Credico, Bill de Blasio, Neal Grimaldi, John Liu, Christine Quinn, Erick Salgado, Bill Thompson and Anthony Weiner. Republican candidates include John Catsimatidis, Joseph Lhota and George McDonald.
Scroll down for the latest updates, and see a slideshow of the NYC mayoral candidates below:
Currently the city's Public Advocate, Bill de Blasio announced his bid for mayor in January 2013. He has supported the paid sick leave bill, banning horse-drawn carriages, and has been fiercely critical of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's homeless policies.
Former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner finally announced his bid for mayor in May after months of intense speculation by the media and politicians alike. In 2011, an embarrassing sexting scandal forced Weiner to resign from Congress. The lewd photos, along with his denial and subsequent admission, kept him out of the political spotlight until this spring.
As the city's current comptroller, John Liu oversees New York City's finances. Despite a federal investigation accusing two former aides to Liu of breaking campaign finance laws, Liu announced his candidacy for mayor in March. In a recent interview, Liu said, "We are all liberal Democrats" and suggested Democratic mayoral hopefuls were all the same, differing on only a few issues such as stop and frisk. If elected, Liu would become the city's first Asian-American mayor.
Christine Quinn is the current City Council Speaker of New York City. She is said to be Mayor Michael Bloomberg's favorite candidate.
From 2002-2009, Bill Thompson served as New York City's Comptroller. Thompson, a Democrat, ran for mayor in 2009 against Bloomberg. He was outspent 14 to 1 by Bloomberg, and still only lost by a few percentage points.
Adolfo Carrion, Jr. was the Bronx Borough President from 2002 to 2009 and was appointed by the Obama administration as the Regional Director for HUD's New York office. He is running for mayor as an independent.
Staten Island's Rev. Erick Salgado announced his Democratic candidacy for mayor, despite a socially conservative agenda which includes anti-gay marriage, pro-life policies.
Sal Albanese is a former city council member also hoping to win the Democratic primary. He also worked as a New York City public school teacher. This will be his third bid for mayor of New York City.
Before launching his GOP candidacy for mayor, Joseph Lhota served as MTA chairman and served as the City’s Budget Director in Mayor Giuliani’s first term, and Deputy Mayor for Operations during the second. In 1999, he fought a public battle against the Brooklyn Museum to remove a portrait of the Virgin Mary containing elephant dung. He lost.
John Catsimatidis . a Republican candidate for mayor, is a billionaire supermarket mogul. He is known for his pro-NYPD policies and supports the continuation of the department's controversial stop-and-frisk program.
George McDonald is the founder and president of The Doe Fund, a non-profit that seeks to help homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals find work. He has never held public office. He initially identified himself as a Democrat but has since switched to the Republican party. McDonald has received criticism for trying to challenge campaign contribution limits.
Former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner finally announced his bid for mayor in May after months of intense speculation by the media and politicians alike. In 2011, an embarrassing sexting scandal forced Weiner to resign from Congress. The lewd photos, along with his denial and subsequent admission, have since dogged his political career, but a recent poll revealed many New Yorkers were willing to forgive and forget, with voters putting him at second only behind frontrunner Christine Quinn.
NY1 reports that Board of Elections will do a recount to determine whether De Blasio got 40%— Dan Amira (@DanAmira) September 11, 2013
An exuberant de Blasio spoke before supporters Tuesday evening, offering "my gratitude" and stating that "I will never forget what you have done...you have made this campaign a cause, and I thank you for elevating it to that level."
With 96 percent of precincts reporting and Bill de Blasio hovering microscopically above the 40 percent threshold needed to secure the Democratic mayoral nomination, it appears that votes are poised for a recount. Bill Thompson has stated that he is not conceding tonight and is reportedly chanting "three more weeks!" with supporters.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn officially conceded the Democratic nomination for mayor in a speech at the Dream Hotel with wife Kim Catullo by her side. For a full list of live results, click here.
SCOTT STRINGER!!! This man will classily carry our city's purse like an awesome boyfriend. So happy, and proud of my @audreygelman.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 11, 2013
.@JoeLhota4Mayor on @deBlasioNYC "Tale of 2 Cities" theme: "Nothing more than class-warfare, an attempt to divide our city"— Emily Ngo (@epngo) 4 years ago
According to HuffPost's polling data, Scott Stringer has earned the Democratic nomination for New York City comptroller, with 93 percent of precincts reporting. Eliot Spitzer is said to be delivering his concession speech shortly.
Reporter with NBC Ch4, Shimon Prokupecz, says Weiner gave him the finger from car as he drove away.— Ruby Cramer (@rubycramer) 4 years ago
GOP mayoral nomination called for Joe Lhota, beating out rivals John Catsimatidis and George McDonald.
"We had the best ideas. Sadly, I was an imperfect messenger" - @anthonyweiner conceding— Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc) 2 years ago
Anthony Weiner says his family is with him. He's speaking alone on the stage though.— Mara Gay (@MaraGay) 4 years ago
Weiner conceding.— Nick Confessore (@nickconfessore) 2 years ago
Squadron leading Tish James right now by NINE votes, with 45 % of vote in. So close! http://t.co/m8EVYFOLRf— laura (@nahmias) September 11, 2013
Even anti-Quinn gays were telling me she'd get 60% of gay vote. For her to only pull out 39% (as exit poll says), is astounding. #NYC2013— Mike Signorile (@MSignorile) September 11, 2013
6% of precincts are now reporting, and de Blasio is *under* 40% in each of the 5 boroughs.— Taniel (@Taniel) 5 years ago
Stu Applebaum acknowledges that Quinn may have benefited from stressing the historic aspects of her candidacy more— Jill Colvin (@colvinj) 4 years ago
Bill Thompson's campaign manager is explaining why nobody knows who Thompson is even though he's been around forever.— Josh Barro (@jbarro) 5 years ago
De Blasio leads in virtually every demographic cut of NYC electorate, according to exit polls. http://t.co/KeELJ0yQ9W— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) September 11, 2013
JUST IN: More exit polls just came in from afternoon: Trend holds: de Blasio still 43, Thompson 25, and Quinn 18. #nyc2013— carolynryan (@carolynryan) September 11, 2013
At de Blasio watch party, everyone goes quiet to listen to Obama's Syria speech. http://t.co/HOcGBUlrNp— Jason Horowitz (@jasondhorowitz) 3 years ago
BREAKING: Bill de Blasio 43, Thompson 23, and Quinn 18 in exit polls. #nyc2013— carolynryan (@carolynryan) 5 years ago
Tick, tock. Polls just about to close. At which point there will be a whole bunch of new info coming in @WNYC @datanews— Andrea Bernstein (@AndreaWNYC) 4 years ago
Playing at de Blasio hq - Springsteen anti-wealth anthem "We Take Care of Our Own"— maggie haberman (@maggiepolitico) 3 years ago
.@BillThompsonNYC is expected to arrive at election party at 11 pm. #nyc2013— Azi Paybarah (@Azi) 5 years ago
Sydney Leathers is en route to Anthony Weiner's victory party to meet her former sexting pal for the first time.— Mara Gay (@MaraGay) September 10, 2013