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MYFOXNY.COM/AP - Michael R. Bloomberg has won re-election in a tighter-than-expected race, becoming the first three-term mayor since Ed Koch.
The billionaire self-financed his campaign for the third time, spending about $100 million to blanket airwaves with commercials and fill mailboxes with glossy, multi-page fliers to figuratively bury his opponent, Democrat William C. Thompson Jr., the city comptroller.
In the fall of 2008, Bloomberg successfully campaigned for an amendment to New York City's term limits law, in order to allow him to run for a third term in 2009. On September 30, 2008, reports emerged that Bloomberg was seeking to amend the law, and on October 2, 2008, he announced plans to request the removal or extension of term limits for elected officials. On October 23, 2008, the New York City Council voted in favor of extending the term limit for elected officials to three consecutive four-year terms, thus allowing both Bloomberg and other council members to run for office again. During the amendment campaign, Bloomberg's administration requested the support of certain nonprofit groups, which attracted some criticism because these groups have received threats from the mayor in the past..