(PIX 11) – The race for New York’s Democratic mayoral nomination has taken a turn, with Bill de Blasio in a statistical dead heat with Christine Quinn.
A new NBC / Wall Street Journal / Marist poll shows support for City Council Speaker Quinn at 24% and Public Advocate De Blasio with 21%.
59% of Democrats say they had a favorable impression of de Blasio which makes him the most liked candidate.
Quinn, however, seems to be losing face as she has the most connection with Bloomberg.
Thompson, Weiner and Liu are trailing a significant distance behind: in third place is former comptroller Bill Thompson, who is now at 16%.
He’s the only black candidate in the race — and has 22% of the black Democratic vote. De Blasio may have also gained votes from the black community thanks to his latest ads featuring his biracial family.
Former congressman Anthony Weiner has dropped to fourth place with 12% — in only few weeks, he’s gone from first to fourth in the wake of his continuing scandal.
Comptroller John Liu brings up the rear, along with Erick Salgado and former Sal Albanese.
However, both Quinn and de Blasio agree that polls go up and down and may very well be providing a faulty idea of what the election will look like.
12% of people are still undecided — a number that’s surprisingly high for how close we are to the democratic primary.