De Blasios celebrate with ‘smackdown’ dance

De Blasios celebrate with ‘smackdown’ dance

New Yorkers handed Bill de Blasio a landslide mandate in his bid to take the city in a sharply different direction after 20 years of Republican mayors.

The victory was never in doubt — the Democrat was projected to be the 109th mayor barely a minute after voting closed, with exit polls showing him beating Republican Joe Lhota across virtually all political, ideological and ethnic lines.

The public advocate and former councilman held a commanding 74-24 percent lead with 88 percent of the votes counted.

“Make no mistake — the people of this city have chosen a progressive path,” de Blasio, his family at his side, declared at a packed victory party inside the Park Slope Armory.

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