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The Democrats who want to challenge Donald Trump for the presidency took the stage for the first debate of the presidential primary of the 2020 election cycle.
Bill de Blasio, the incumbent two-term mayor of New York City, is running for president, hoping to become the first New York mayor to be elected to any higher office since 1869.
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Nicole Malliotakis, the Republican candidate for New York City mayor, says the number of sex crimes on the city’s subway system has increased since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in 2014.
"People are packed in like sardines," Malliotakis said in a new television ad, "and subway sex crimes are up over 50 percent."
Sex crimes refer to acts of a sexual nature on the subway, like touching someone without consent or public lewdness.
Riding the subway has been less than pleasant lately, with frequent delays and occasional equipment failures.
But is Malliotakis right when she says riding the subway has become more dangerous as well?