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Trump cast absentee ballot in New York, Democratic mayor wins second term

Principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah confirmed that Trump voted, but declined to say for whom he voted.

world Updated: Nov 08, 2017 08:45 IST
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gives a thumbs up after casting his vote for re-election in the Park Slope section of the Brooklyn borough of New York City,on Tuesday.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gives a thumbs up after casting his vote for re-election in the Park Slope section of the Brooklyn borough of New York City,on Tuesday.(REUTERS)

The White House said US President Donald Trump cast an absentee ballot in Tuesday’s municipal elections in his hometown of New York City.

Principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah confirmed that Trump voted, but declined to say for whom he voted.

Progressive Democrat Bill de Blasio cruised to re-election for a second term as mayor of New York, US media reported, riding a wave of home-town distaste for Donald Trump in America’s most populous city.

The 56-year-old former city councillor from Brooklyn easily defeated his Republican challenger, 36-year-old Nicole Malliotakis, the daughter of a Greek immigrant father and a Cuban mother, media said.

With 79% of votes counted, de Blasio was swept into office for another four year.

The vote was seen as a ringing endorsement for De Blasio’s anti-Trump stance in an overwhelmingly Democratic city where 80 percent of the electorate voted for Hillary Clinton and Trump is despised. Since Trump swapped Fifth Avenue for the White House, the mayor has emerged as a strident opponent, regularly denouncing the Republican’s attempts to restrict immigration and repeal the Affordable Care Act.