NYC's 2013 primaries are over as polls closed at 9pm Tuesday. It's the end of a busy 24 hours that saw the candidates campaigning throughout the city asking for voters to cast their ballots for them. Although it will take a little while longer to figure out who won each race, post-vote surveys have revealed a little about where voters’ minds were when they pulled the lever.
According to an Edison Research/Marist exit poll via NBC 4 New York, only 22 percent of voters wanted a mayoral candidate who would continue Mayor Bloomberg's policies, while 73 percent said they wanted the next mayor to move the city in a new direction. This could prove to be bad news for Christine Quinn, who was seen as the most closely aligned to Bloomberg of all the candidates throughout the campaign.
As for the issues voters cared about most, the exit poll showed that jobs and unemployment proved to be critical topics in the mayoral race with 30 percent voting this as the most important issue. 20 percent of voters said the most important issue was education, 16 percent crime, 12 percent said the city's finances, and 11 percent housing.
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