New York City mayoral candidate Bill Thompson conceded the Democratic primary race to front-runner Bill de Blasio on Monday, averting a runoff and clearing the way for de Blasio to campaign for the general election.
Thompson endorsed de Blasio at City Hall, saying he was proud to support him as the party’s nominee to “make this city work for all New Yorkers again.”
“The path to getting there begins with Bill de Blasio walking through these doors as the next mayor of the city of New York,” Thompson said.
Thompson also asked his supporters to back de Blasio, saying the party needed to put aside its differences to elect its first New York mayor since 1989.
“Bill de Blasio and I want to move the city forward,” Thompson said. “This is bigger than any one of us.”