Bill de Blasio Reelected NYC Mayor; Beats Greek American Nicole Maliotakis

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio won easily a second term in New York City, beating Republican state Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and several third-party candidates.

Maliotakis, a Greek-American, got about 28% of the vote while Bill de Blasio received a stunning 66% with 99% of the votes counted.

De Blasio, who held a comfortable lead in opinion polls leading up to Election Day, had been widely expected to cruise to victory in a city of 8.5 million people dominated by Democratic voters.

Malliotakis, 36, was not well known when she announced in April that she would seek the Republican nomination.

Even after months of running, polls showed that most voters in the city did not know enough about her to form an opinion. She struggled to get voters’ attention and to articulate a strong positive case for her candidacy, aside from criticism of Mr. de Blasio, the New York Times says.

“I entered this race with eyes wide open, knowing that the odds were stacked against me,” Malliotakis said after the race had been declared. “We may not have won this race, but we have made our voices heard.”