De Blasio Expands Lead in Mayor's Race

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Public Advocate and democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio

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.

With the Associated Press