De Blasio Opens Wide Lead in NYC Mayoral Race: Poll

A new poll shows Bill De Blasio could win the NYC mayoral race without a runoff, the NYT reports:

DeblasioA new survey from Quinnipiac University finds that 43 percent of likely Democratic voters plan to support Mr. de Blasio, the public advocate, in the Sept. 10 primary. William C. Thompson Jr., who captured the Democratic nomination in 2009 but lost the general election that year to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, was supported by 20 percent of likely Democratic voters. Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, who had been the front-runner for most of the campaign, now has the support of 18 percent.

Mr. de Blasio’s 43 percent is by far his best performance in a public poll during the campaign. A runoff will be held, on Oct. 1, only if none of the nine Democrats on the ballot receives 40 percent of the vote.

The poll, released just hours before the final televised debate in the Democratic primary, is likely to intensify pressure on Mr. Thompson and Ms. Quinn to use the high-profile forum to alter the dynamic of the race.