(NEWSER) – The New York City mayor's race wrapped up with little suspense tonight: As expected, Bill de Blasio will replace Michael Bloomberg and become the city's first Democratic mayor in two decades, reports the New York Times. It called the race based on exit interviews as the polls closed at 9pm. De Blasio, the city's public advocate (an elected position) easily defeated Republican Joe Lhota, a former Giuliani deputy. De Blasio presented himself as an unapologetic liberal and as a clear break from Bloomberg. "I'm calling for fundamental progressive change," he said after voting today. One item on his agenda is universal early education, to be paid for by a tax hike on the rich.

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