New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has jumped ahead to a sizable lead in the mayoral race, a new poll from Quinnipiac finds.
Thirty-six percent of voters polled say they would vote for De Blasio if the election was held today, up from 20% at this time last month.
De Blasio is nearing the 40% threshold that would make a runoff between the candidates unnecessary.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is currently in second place with 21%, followed closely by former Comptroller Bill Thompson, with 20%.
Time is running out quickly for the other candidates; former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner is at 8%, City Comptroller John Liu at 6% and former Council member Sal Albanese at 1%.
“Talk about breaking out of the pack! Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, in fourth place just five weeks ago, is edging up on the magic 40 percent needed to avoid a Democratic primary runoff,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute in a statement. “And if there is a runoff, he clobbers Council Speaker Christine Quinn or former Comptroller and 2009 Democratic challenger William Thompson.”
If a Democratic primary runoff does become necessary, the votes are project as follows:
De Blasio beats Quinn 59% to 30%
De Blasio beats Thompson 52% to 36%
Thompson beats Quinn 57% to 33%