MANHATTAN (PIX11) – City Council Speaker Christine Quinn raised more than $11 million dollars in her bid to be New York City’s first female and openly gay Mayor — more than any other candidate — but even that may not be enough.
Quinn was in a battle to score at least a 2nd place finish in Tuesday’s Democratic primary in New York, hoping to force a run-off in October that would get her into November’s general election.
“I always knew this was going to be a fight until the end,” the 47-year-old Quinn said outside Public School 33 in Chelsea, where she voted Tuesday morning with her spouse, Kim Catullo, whom she married last year. Catullo had voted first, emerging from the booth to receive a big hug from Quinn.
Quinn spent much of Tuesday hitting the streets, starting early in Washington Heights, in Upper Manhattan. She was planning to campaign on Manhattan’s West Side until the polls closed at 9 pm. She was awaiting results at the Dream Hotel in Chelsea.
Considered an early front-runner in the campaign, Quinn’s fortunes started to change when former Congressman, Anthony Weiner, entered the race in June, despite his 2011 sexting scandal.
Weiner jumped ahead in the polls, but then he tanked, when another sexting scandal emerged.
In the last month, Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio started making gains in the polls, partly due to an ad featuring his son, Dante, talking about the NYPD’s controversial “stop and frisk” program.
Dante DeBlasio is bi-racial. DeBlasio’s wife is Afro-Caribbean.
Polls showed Quinn had “likeability” issues, partly due to her role in pushing for a change in the term limits law. That new law allowed Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run for a third term.
Quinn said she was running on her record of education and housing reform, but it remained to be seen what percentage of voters were paying attention to her record. Going into Tuesday’s primary, she had dropped to 18% support in a Quinnipiac poll, while former comptroller, Bill Thompson, had 25% and DeBlasio had 39 %.