By Michelle Garcia
Originally published on Advocate.com September 11 2013 11:09 AM ET
New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn conceded the mayoral race Tuesday night after finishing third in the high-profile Democratic primary.
Quinn, who would have been New York City's first female and openly gay mayor, congratulated her opponents at the Dream Hotel in Chelsea with her wife, Kim Catullo, by her side. She also remarked on the impact of her historic run.
“There’s a young girl out there who was inspired by the thought of New York’s first woman mayor and said to herself, ‘You know what? I can do this,” she said, according to Politicker. “And there’s also, because of all of you, a young LGBT teen out there … they took a look at our efforts and you know what? They know they’re not alone.”
As of Wednesday morning, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio was the front-runner in the race with 40.2% of the vote, and 97% of precincts reporting. As long as he retains 40% of the vote, he will not engage in a runoff with former comptroller Bill Thompson, who received 26% of the vote. Sixteen percent of voters chose Quinn, while 7% voted for current comptroller John C. Liu, and 5% voted for former congressman Anthony Weiner.
The Democratic candidate will face Republican candidate Joe Lhota, the former head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, in the November 5 general election.