New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is re-elected

New York Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio was easily re-elected Tuesday as head of the US financial capital, and immediately vowed to fight Donald Trump.

De Blasio, who posed the entire campaign as a defender of New Yorkers against the American president, won hands down with 66.1% of the vote against 28.1% to his Republican rival Nicole Malliotakis, on the based on the results of 97% of polling stations, according to US media.

Despite a low turnout, the outgoing mayor, a 56-year-old Italian-American, estimated that New Yorkers had, by re-electing him, “sent a message to the White House”, exactly one year after the election of Donald Trump .

“If you turn against the values ​​of your hometown, your city will resist”, he launched to the attention of the president, also a native of New York, to the applause of his supporters gathered at the Brooklyn Museum.

“We are going to defend the health care system,” added De Blasio, referring to Trump’s efforts to dismantle Obamacare. “We will defend the immigrants (…) When the immigrants are attacked, it is all of us who are attacked!”

“Victory in New Jersey!” Victory in Virginia ”

De Blasio also welcomed the victory of the Democratic candidates in Tuesday’s two other US local elections, seen as tests ahead of the national midterm elections in 2018.

In Virginia, Vice Governor Ralph Northam was elected governor ahead of Republican Ed Gillespie, and in New Jersey, Democrat Phil Murphy will succeed after eight years the highly unpopular Republican Governor Chris Christie.

“Let’s cry victory so they can hear us in New Jersey!” Let’s cry victory so that they can hear us in Virginia! ”Said De Blasio.

This 1.97m Democrat, originally from Brooklyn, was the first Democrat to win in New York in 20 years when he was first elected in 2013. He became the first Democrat to be re-elected on Tuesday since Ed Koch in the 1980s.

Even if it was criticized, deemed too boring or too left for America’s largest city with 8.5 million people and a budget of $ 85 billion, the re-election of de Blasio in the Democratic stronghold that ist New York was widely expected, for lack of big names to threaten it.

The young Republican elected Nicole Malliotakis, 35, who preceded him only in one of the five great districts of New York, that of Staten Island where she is from, quickly admitted her defeat.

“We may have lost the election, but we made our voices heard and we will continue to fight for those in which we believe,” she told her supporters.

Observers, however, stressed that this woman of Greco-Cuban origins had led a more than honorable campaign, she who left unknown to the general public a few months ago. And that Republicans should now reckon with it.

De Blasio, a Democrat closer to a big-business slayer like Bernie Sanders than Hillary Clinton, has vowed to work now to implement his campaign promises: starting with continuing his program of opening schools public from the age of three, a mini-revolution in the United States which was the greatest achievement of his first term.

He also promised to modernize the New York subway, with increasingly criticized failures, via “a tax on millionaires”.

But De Blasio will also have a lot to do not to alienate the white electorate and the great fortunes which represent a key component of New York’s vitality.

This mayor married to a black woman, who punctuates all his public statements with a few words of Spanish, is very popular among blacks and Hispanics, who make up 53% of New Yorkers.

But among whites, who represent only 33% of the population, he has been widely criticized, in particular because of accusations of preferential treatment given to large contributors to his campaign. And lamented that he is not the stature of his predecessor Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire labeled independent who remained at the helm of the city for 12 years.

“De Blasio is not bad, he usually does the right thing,” explained Kenneth Jackson, a specialist in New York history at Columbia University before the election. But his predecessor, billionaire Michael Bloomberg, “set the bar very high” and his successor “failed to convince the city’s financial elite that he had his interests at heart.”


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