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Democratic New York Mayor Bill de Blasio wins 2nd term

Associated Press logoAssociated Press 11/8/2017
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio signals a double thumbs-up after voting at the Park Slope Library, in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. De Blasio is seeking his second term leading the nation's largest city. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) © The Associated Press New York Mayor Bill de Blasio signals a double thumbs-up after voting at the Park Slope Library, in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. De Blasio is seeking his second term leading the nation's largest city. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

ALBANY, N.Y. — Democrat Bill de Blasio has cruised to a second term as mayor of New York City.

De Blasio easily defeated Republican state lawmaker Nicole Malliotakis and several third-party candidates on Tuesday. The Associated Press called the election for de Blasio shortly after polls closed in the city, which leans heavily Democratic.

On the campaign trail the mayor touted his success enacting universal pre-K and cited efforts to expand affordable housing and keep the city affordable for all income levels. He said if given a second term he would pursue further investments in education and housing and stand up to the policies of President Donald Trump.

The 56-year-old mayor's first term was dogged by feuds with Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and investigations into campaign donations and pay-to-play politics.

Republican mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis hugs her father, George, after voting, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in the Staten Island borough of New York. Voters in New York City are poised to decide whether to give Mayor Bill de Blasio a second term leading the nation's largest city. De Blasio's toughest challenger is Malliotakis. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Republican mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis hugs her father, George, after voting, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in the Staten Island borough of New York. Voters in New York City are poised to decide whether to give Mayor Bill de Blasio a second term leading the nation's largest city. De Blasio's toughest challenger is Malliotakis. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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