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11/05/2013 09:06 pm ET Updated Nov 05, 2013

NY Mayoral Election Results 2013: Bill De Blasio Defeats Joe Lhota

Bill de Blasio will succeed Michael Bloomberg as New York City's next mayor.

The Democratic public advocate defeated Republican Joe Lhota in Tuesday's election after holding a wide lead in the race since winning the Democratic primary in September.

Lhota is a former deputy mayor to Rudy Giuliani and the former head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Reuters offered details on the race earlier Tuesday:

De Blasio rose in the polls while lamenting that the contrast between the "haves" and "have nots" has grown increasingly stark.

He has especially criticized the controversial police tactic of stop-and-frisk, which critics say unfairly targets poor blacks and Latinos. Bloomberg has called the approach central to the city's anti-crime fight, while de Blasio has blasted it as destructive to police and community relations.

Lhota has launched an assault of negative ads. But that strategy has mostly backfired with an increasing number of voters saying they have a negative view of the Republican, Marist found.

During three debates, de Blasio's tactic of linking Lhota to Republicans and the Tea Party movement in Congress has been more successful, forcing Lhota to distance himself from his party.

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