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De Blasio and Lhota meet for final mayoral debate

October 30, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Underdog Joe Lhota likely has his last, best shot to cut into Bill de Blasio's commanding lead when the candidates for New York City mayor square off in their final debate.

Lhota, a Republican and one-time deputy mayor to Rudolph Giuliani, delivered perhaps his finest moment of the campaign in their previous debate.

But while de Blasio, a Democrat and the city's public advocate, at times appeared rattled, the debate's fierce exchanges have done nothing to dent his lead.

He has led Lhota by more than 40 points in every poll taken since the primary.

Wednesday night's debate originally was scheduled for Tuesday but was postponed a day out of respect for the one-year anniversary of the landfall of Superstorm Sandy in New York.

The general election is Nov. 5.



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