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Christine Quinn Endorses Bill De Blasio For New York City Mayor

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn speaks next to her wife Kim Catullo (L) during her
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn speaks next to her wife Kim Catullo (L) during her concession speech in the New York Democratic mayoral primary elections on September 10, 2013 in New York City. Quinn, who lead early in the polls and who was endorsed by all of New York's major newspapers, saw her lead slip away in the final weeks of the campaign. Quinn would have been the first woman and lesbian to hold the job of mayor. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Christine Quinn, once the frontrunner in the Democratic race for New York City mayor, endorsed her former rival, Bill de Blasio, on Tuesday during an event outside City Hall.

Quinn, at one time the clear favorite to win the Democratic nomination, dropped in the polls this summer as de Blasio rose to the top. She finished in a distant third in the primary, behind runner-up Bill Thompson.

Had she gone on to win the primary, and then the general election, Quinn would've been the first woman, and the first openly gay New Yorker, to be elected mayor of New York City.

Thompson, who conceded the race Monday, also threw his support behind de Blasio.

De Blasio now faces off against Republican opponent Joe Lhota, the Independence Party's Adolfo Carrion Jr., and independent Jack Hidary. The general election is on November 5.

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