Bill de Blasio pulls ahead of the pack in race for NYC mayor

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(PIX11) – Who knew?  A year ago a lot of people thought City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was a lock to snag the Democratic nomination for mayor, but that’s all changed.  Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is surging in the polls and he’s now way out in front in the race to be come the Democratic candidate for mayor.

The numbers mark a dramatic shift from just a month ago.  In the latest Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday, de Blasio has a commanding lead over his rivals garnering 36% of likely Democratic voters. He is only four points away from avoiding a runoff. Christine Quinn looks to be in trouble.  She’s at 21%. Bill Thompson is close behind her at 20 % followed by former front runner Anthony Weiner who has just 8%. John Liu has 6% of likely Democratic voters.

The results come on the same day that the three Republicans running for mayor appeared in a televised debate.  Right off the top they took on the issue of stop-and-frisk.  All three support it and they were asked  if they would change their position if their son or daughter was frisked and felt violated.

Gristedes supermarket owner John Catsimatidis said, “I would say to him what did you do to provoke it? I would say to him were you  dressed funny?  Were you walking funny? Did you look funny?”  he added.  “I would try to explain to him, but I think the priority of a city is to keep our citizens safe.”

George McDonald who founded the DOE Fund which helps economically challenged men re-establish themselves responded by saying, “My son John isn’t gonna get stopped . That’s the whole point. High crime areas of our city are where people are being stopped . And the underlying reasons why they are being stopped are all economics.”

Front Runner Joe Lhota says he would refer his daughter to the Supreme Court ruling allowing stops. “If they did not follow the rules of the Supreme Court I would actually say we have a situation here.  But the reality is in 90% of all the millions of stops that have happened in the City of New York have happened in compliance with the constitutional rights set forth by the Supreme Court.

Primary day is set for September 10th.