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De Blasio Expands Lead in Mayor's Race

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Public Advocate and democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio (Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

A new poll has public advocate Bill de Blasio way ahead in the Democratic primary for mayor — and just points away from avoiding a runoff in the election.

With less than two weeks to go until the primary election, a Quinnipiac University poll has de Blasio leading the race, with the support of 36 percent of likely voters. That's only four points away from hitting the 40 percent threshold needed to skip a runoff.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has the support of 21 percent of likely voters, and former City Comptroller Bill Thompson has 20 percent, according to the poll.

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner trails at 8 percent with City Comptroller John Liu at 6 percent, and former Council member Sal Albanese at 1 percent.

Eight percent of voters polled were undecided. The mayoral primary is September 10.

The survey of 602 likely Democratic primary voters has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

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Comments [4]

Elections consist of prioritizing and choices. In the Democratic primary we have: a candidate who has positioned herself (oops, which one can that be?) as a supporter of both Bloomberg and Kelly. A candidate who is closer to the orthodox Jewish community than he is to his own. A candidate who is still under a cloud because of his choices of employees. And a couple of also-rans.

And then there is Bill DeBlasio. An easy choice as far as I'm concerned. I've already mailed in my vote. Looking forward to Sept 10. Aren't you?

Aug. 29 2013 06:49 PM
Bobby Lee from bronx

Bill seems to have co-opted the John Liu campaign...we need to roll the video or past comments. Of course, he stands out among the candidates but being noticed and accomplishing goals are two very different policies. His slick media campaign is making him look like someone who has accomplished many things and changed policy...

Aug. 29 2013 09:44 AM
Elizabeth Ely from Park Slope, Brooklyn

There's this Bill de Blasio, making all these promises that cost him nothing, and the real one, who failed to adequately investigate the old, forgotten (due to him) "AIDS orphans" scandal. De Blasio himself said in January 2009 that the investigation was inadequate, and that he had submitted (not planned; actually filed) a resolution to the City Council calling for a real investigation using real medical records -- records which had been in part denied and in part not even sought by the organization outsourced for this work. There were many months of protest before that, during which de Blasio silenced the minority community representatives who came to his committee meetings. This is a BIG issue, worthy of real investigation, and the split-second decision by de Blasio to stand down ended it. The city sells off its kids to pharmaceutical testing, much of it dangerous -- one kid died bleeding from every orifice in his body. Do I deplore de Blasio's front-runner status? Not on your life, Bill. Good luck and God bless, we hope you win, and we'll take this fight to City Hall again, with far more visibility than you ever imagined. On behalf of the "Ask de Blasio Why" campaign, I pray that you will become the next mayor of New York, to be a more visible target for the minority communities' complaints about the terrorizing of their families by the city's foster care system. Accountability is what you stand for, and accountability is what we'll get from you. See www.askdeblasiowhy.com.

Aug. 29 2013 09:24 AM

Actually, my comment has to do with an issue brought up in the Republican mayoral debate: safety in public housing and the response of hiring police for the buildings, or at least those with the worst problems, and the competing responses of creating jobs and of adopting Mayor Bloomberg's idea of fingerprinting.

I have another suggestion: convert the public housing apartments to doorman buildings and hire doormen from the residents. This is far more hospitable than having armed guards (which is what the police would be), bring "eyes on the neighborhood" which would enhance neighborhood security as well as for the building, provide employment for some in the building, leave the police force unaffected, and enhance the sense of community in each of the buildings. The alterations of the first floor would provide additional work in construction, albeit temporary, and would encourage moves into the safer upper stories. Remaining space on the first level could be set aside for residents to create shops selling to the general public and thus bringing money into the neighborhood.

Aug. 28 2013 09:33 PM

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