AP PHOTOS: A look back at New York Fashion Week

Weiner, who won only 5 percent of the votes, conceded the race Tuesday night. “We have the best message. Sadly, I’m an imperfect messenger,” he told supporters. With 97 percent of precincts reporting, de Blasio led the field of mayoral candidates with 40.7 percent, though it was still unclear whether he would maintain the 40 percent of the vote he would need to avoid a runoff election, according to The Associated Press. Competing for a potential runoff slot is former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson with 26 percent of the vote. The winner of the Democratic race will face Joe Lhota, a former deputy mayor to Rudolph Giuliani and former chairman of the N.Y. Metropolitan Transit Agency who won the G.O.P primary. Three quarters of voters said they had a negative impression of Weiner, according to exit polls. Spitzer, another former politico who resigned in disgrace, sought to recover from the prostitution scandal that ended his once-promising career as governor by being elected the city’s comptroller. Hours after polls closed, Stringer was declared the winner of the NYC comptroller primary. Spitzer took 48 percent of the vote to Stringer’s 52 percent. De Blasio’s rise in the polls was fueled by the fall of Weiner, whose campaign imploded after it was revealed that he continued having inappropriate sexual relationships with women online, even after resigning from Congress in disgrace for similar behavior in 2011. The fluid mayoral contest to replace the longstanding mayor, Michael Bloomberg, featured five candidates all fighting to define New York City’s post-Bloomberg era. De Blasio’s early lead in exit polling came after early polls in July showed him near the bottom of the pack of candidates, which in addition to Quinn, Weiner and Thompson, featured current New York City Comptroller John Liu. De Blasio, backed by progressive Democrats, pitched himself as a fierce opponent of Bloomberg’s policies — including one of the most controversial, the “stop-and-frisk” policy in which city officers were encouraged to proactively stop and interrogate anyone suspected of criminal behavior. Many African Americans and Democrats said the policy disproportionately subjected young black and Hispanic men to that treatment.

(10/20)A model records a rehearsal with her phone before the Anna Sui Spring 2014 collection show during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) (Photo courtesy: The Associated Press) Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (11/20)Models walk in the finale of the Alexander Wang Spring 2014 collection during Fashion Week in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (Photo courtesy: The Associated Press) Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (12/20)The Marchesa Spring 2014 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Wednesday, Sept.