Today In Politics: De Blasio Surges Ahead in Poll

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Mayoral Candidate Bill de Blasio, wife Chirlane McCray, and son Dante after August 21 Debate

For the past few week, Bill DeBlasio's Democratic mayoral rivals have been hitting him pretty hard and now we know why. A new Quinnipiac University Poll has the public advocate leading the pack at 36 percent. His closest competitors, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former Comptroller Bill Thompson are polling at 21 and 20 percent.

WNYC's Anna Sale says the results are surprising. "Thirty-six percent is a big number," she said. "And at the start of this week there was a sense that Christine Quinn was recapturing some momentum with these big three newspaper endorsements from the New York Times, the New York Post and the New York Daily News."

To hear a full interview with WNYC's Anna Sale, click audio above.