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Public Advocate Race Headed to a Runoff

It’s still unclear whether Bill de Blasio will be able to stave off a runoff tonight, but in the race for public advocate — an almost entirely powerless position that is nevertheless first in the line of succession for the mayoralty, for some reason — state Senator Daniel Squadron and city Councilwoman Letitia James are locked in at around 33 percent to 35 percent each, and will face each other for the championship on October 1, according to the AP. We shudder to think how many people will actually be voting that day if the only election is the public advocate runoff. Could be in the dozens.