At 11:36 a.m. Tuesday — five and a half hours after the polls opened, but a full nine and a half before they would close — Gawker declared Bill de Blasio’s victory over Joe Lhota.
At 1:35 p.m., statistician Nate Silver assigned the likelihood de Blasio would be delivering a victory speech that night at above 99 percent.
— Nate Silver (@fivethirtyeight) November 5, 2013
By afternoon, even diehard supporters were resigned to the fact that their man Lhota was going to lose. At least one looked to the future, tweeting the vaguely threatening slogan “Lhota 2017 — by then you’ll get it.”
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The declarations that the race was a foregone conclusion kept rolling in all day long, even as Lhota told reporters he was practicing his victory speech. It was enough to make a person actively root for Lhota to pull out a late surge, conjure up some kind of “Dewey Defeats Truman” shocker — but, alas, at 9 p.m. exit polls were projecting the predictable: Bill de Blasio by a landslide.
And de Blasio knew it, too.
Thank you, New York City. pic.twitter.com/pN7UP1PMNG
— Bill de Blasio (@deBlasioNYC) November 6, 2013
737,786 New Yorkers cast their votes for de Blasio — he won 73.6%, compared to Lhota’s 24%.
At his victory party Tuesday night, De Blasio took the stage to the anti-capitalist anthem “Royals” by Lorde, and he echoed the 16-year-old Kiwi singer’s message in his remarks.
“When we call on the wealthiest among us to pay just a little more in taxes to fund universal pre-K and after-school programs, we aren’t threatening anyone’s success. We are asking those who have done very well to ensure that every child has the same opportunity to do just as well as they have,” de Blasio said. “That’s how we all rise together.”
(That’s kind of what Lorde is saying too, right?)