Suit filed to stop runoff election in New York City Democratic mayoral primary

A law firm that has often worked for Democratic leaders filed a suit Friday to block the city from conducting a runoff election in the New York City Democratic mayoral primary.

The second-place finisher, Congressman Anthony Weiner, conceded the primary to Fernando Ferrer Wednesday. However, Ferrer was a fraction of a point away from the 40 percent needed to avoid a runoff. A final vote count is expected Tuesday.

Democrats fear a runoff would derail the momentum, exposure and fundraising lift Ferrer would receive. The city Board of Elections says if the official tally leaves Ferrer under 40 percent, the law requires a September 27 runoff, which would cost approximately $12 million.

Related Story: Weiner drops out of New York mayoral race, backs Ferrer

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