11:24PM: Mayor B is done with his speech - so far, winning by 19%.
11:21PM: He says he'll go back to New Utrecht Avenue in Brooklyn to visit Anthony Santa Maria; he had met Santa Maria in 2001 during his campaign, and the Brooklynite said that politicians only visit when they need votes. Last year, the Mayor said the Mayor's Campaign Accountability Statement was inspired by Santa Maria.
11:18PM: Mayor Bloomberg thanks his mom, Charlotte. We keep forgetting how tiny she is. Oh, and there's Rudy Giuliani. The Mayor says he's going back to work tomorrow, fighting for the little people and he CAN'T WAIT. "I have the greatest job in the world. It's allowed me to visit every neighborhood in the city this year...I've been able to eat foods I can't pronounce...I've gone to services... in languages I haven't understood..." you get the idea.
11:15PM: Kevin Sheekey gets a shout out. Then the Mayor thanks his thousands of volunteers and millions of dollars. You know, we got one of those robo-calls from Mike Bloomberg himself - it sounded like a desperate ex, trying to convince me to get out the vote and not believe polls or newspapers. But those newspapers are the ones endorsing you, bub.
11:12PM: Mayor Bloomberg is giving his victory speech. "Something something New York is back in business something something."
10:45PM: To the surprise of no one, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has won the mayoral election over Fernando Ferrer, according to TV and NY Times reports. With 65% of the votes reporting, Bloomberg has received 56% to Ferrer's 41%; Ferrer conceded at 10:30PM. But the fun doesn't end for some people who are interested in seeing how big (or small) Bloomberg's margin of victory was, given the recent polls putting him over 30 points ahead of Ferrer.
What Gothamist is pretty upset about is the pitiful number of votes so far: It looks like just over 1.2 million votes were cast, which means this was a low-to-moderate turnout (the NY Post called 1.2 million votes a low-to-moderate turnout). Lord knows how Proposition 2, for the Transportation Bond Act, did (there are no figures for it so far).
So, for the next four years, look forward to more Ground Zero proclamations, no comments on a 2016 Olympic bid from non-NYC US cities, and a no smoking in your home ban.