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Runoff Or Not, Race For City Hall Speeds Ahead

Bill de Blasio held a wide lead in the Democratic primary for mayor Wednesday, but was still hovering around the 40 percent mark needed to avoid a runoff with his closest rival, former Comptroller Bill Thompson. That margin leaves open the possibility that the two men will battle three more weeks for the party nomination and the right to take on the Republican choice, former MTA Chairman Joe Lhota.