Update 10:55 p.m. EST: With 19 percent of the vote counted, de Blasio had 71.5 percent to Lhota's 26.2 percent.

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Democrat Bill de Blasio has been elected mayor of New York City over Republican Joe Lhota, the New York Times, CNN other media projected minutes after the polls closed at 9 p.m. Tuesday, based on exit polls.

Bill de Blasio and family
Democrat Bill de Blasio with his wife, Chirlane McCray, and children Dante and Chiara after voting in Brooklyn Nov. 5, 2013. Photo: Reuters

De Blasio, currently the public advocate, will become the city’s first Democratic mayor since David Dinkins, who defeated by Rudolph Giuliani in 1993.