09/18/2013 01:03 pm ET

Clintons Endorse Bill De Blasio For New York City Mayor


Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have endorsed Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio for mayor of New York City.

Spokesmen for the Clintons released the following statement on Wednesday:

Bill de Blasio has been a friend to both President Clinton and Secretary Clinton for many years. They were proud to see him run a thoughtful, creative campaign about the issues, and they are behind him as he moves on to the general election as the Democratic nominee.

De Blasio won just over 40 percent of the vote in the race's Democratic primary on election day and officially clinched his party's nomination when rival Bill Thompson conceded on Sept. 16.

"Today, I'm proud to stand next to a great New Yorker and throw my support behind him," Thompson said. "I am proud to stand here today and support Bill de Blasio to be the next mayor of the city of New York."

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, another former Democratic mayoral candidate, has also endorsed de Blasio since being defeated in the primary.

A NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal Marist poll released Tuesday showed de Blasio leading his Republican opponent Joe Lhota 65 percent to 22 percent.

This story has been updated with more information on the mayor's race.



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