Ferrer close to avoiding runoff in NYC mayoral primary

Fernando Ferrer teetered on the edge of victory over three other Democrats in a primary Tuesday for the chance to run against Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg.With all precincts reporting, Ferrer was just a few votes shy of 40 percent, ahead of Rep. Anthony Weiner's 29 percent. Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields had 16 percent, and City Council Speaker Gifford Miller finished with 10 percent. Ferrer was hundredths of a percentage point under the 40 percent he needs to avoid a runoff with Weiner. The outcome might not be known for several days until every vote is counted, including more than 25,000 absentees and other untallied ballots. The winner goes into the general election on November 8 against Bloomberg, who is more popular than all four Democrats in recent polls.

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