A new front-runner has emerged in the race for New York City mayor, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is now ahead of his opponents, with 30 percent of likely Democratic primary voters saying they would cast their ballots for him next month.
In a July 29 Quinnipiac University poll, de Blasio, with 21 percent, finished second to fellow Democrat, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who had 27 percent.
In the August 13 poll, Quinn finished behind de Blasio with 24 percent, followed by former Comptroller Bill Thompson with 22 percent, former Congressmember Anthony Weiner with 10 percent, Comptroller John Liu with 6 percent, former Councilmember Sal Albanese with 1 percent and 7 percent undecided.
In a run-off situation, which is required if a candidate doesn’t receive at least 40 percent of the vote, de Blasio would win the Democratic nomination:
- 54 – 38 percent over Quinn
- 50 – 41 percent over Thompson
- 72 – 22 percent over Weiner
The timing of the poll coincides with the release of de Blasio’s first televisions campaign ad, which features his 15-year-old son Dante.