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James, Squadron To Face Each Other In Runoff For Public Advocate

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- The race for New York City public advocate has headed to a runoff, with no candidate winning 40 percent of the vote.

With 98 percent of the precincts reporting Wednesday morning, City Councilwoman Letitia James (D-35th) garnered 36 percent of the vote, with state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Manhattan/Brooklyn) coming in just behind at 33 percent.

A runoff is required if no candidate wins 40 percent of the vote.

Five Democrats were on the primary election ballot. The candidates in Tuesday's election also included college professor Catherine Guerriero, former deputy Public Advocate Reshma Saujani, and Sidique Wai, a community relations worker at the New York Police Department.

The public advocate works to make sure residents are best served by city government.
Mayoral frontrunner Bill de Blasio has served in the post since being elected in 2009.

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