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This time, long odds for GOP in NYC mayor's race

(AP) This time, long odds for GOP in NYC mayor's race
By JONATHAN LEMIRE
Associated Press
NEW YORK
New York City is one of the most liberal cities in the nation, yet the Republican Party has won the last five mayoral elections.

But the GOP's nominee this year will face steep odds.

The contenders are Joe Lhota, former head of the region's transit authority; John Catsimatidis, billionaire supermarket magnate; and George McDonald, founder of a nonprofit that finds jobs for the homeless.

Polls have them trailing their Democratic rivals.

The last two Republican mayors were both initially elected in part due to extraordinary circumstances: high crime for Rudy Giuliani, the Sept. 11 terror attack for Michael Bloomberg. In his last election, Bloomberg was an independent who ran on the GOP line.

This time, Republicans might benefit from a contentious Democratic primary, which could leave the winner's reputation damaged. The primary is Sept. 10.

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