Board of Elections Will Conduct Recount to Determine Whether Bill de Blasio Has 40 Percent

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"Aaaahhhh come on, just round up!" Photo: Mario Tama/2013 Getty Images

Bill de Blasio may have just reached the magic 40 percent threshold. He also may have just missed it. With 97 percent of precincts reporting, his numbers sit at 40.21 percent. But it's close enough that the Board of Elections will conduct a recount, one that won't be resolved until next week.

"The voting machines are going to be opened up on Friday. The tally is going to recounted then. And the paper ballots won't be opened until next Monday," NY1 reported. Absentee ballots and overseas ballots also need to be tallied before De Blasio's precise share of the vote can be finalized. Until then, the race will be in a sort of limbo, with De Blasio the presumed nominee but Bill Thompson just barely hanging on, the political version of a patient on life support.