Michael R. Bloomberg won a third term as New York City’s 108th mayor on Tuesday. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Mr. Bloomberg was narrowly leading Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr., his Democratic rival, 50.6 percent to 46.0 percent. The mayor was projected to win by a much thinner margin than in 2005 — when he thoroughly trounced Fernando Ferrer — and than many had anticipated.
Mr. Bloomberg persuaded the City Council to amend a law that would have restricted him to two terms and then spent some $90 million of his personal fortune on his campaign.
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