New York primary day: De Blasio holds commanding lead in polls, but will there be a runoff?

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(PIX11) — With the polls open until 9 p.m. in New York City, all eyes are on the Democratic primary and whether there will be a runoff.

Mayoral hopeful and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has a big lead in the latest poll but is just short of the 40 percent needed to avoid a runoff. In the Quinnipiac poll, de Blasio leads his Democratic rivals with 39 percent followed by Bill Thompson at 25 percent and Christine Quinn at 18 percent of likely voters.

Tuesday morning. de Blasio and his wife Chirlane walked from their home to the Park Slope branch of the New York City Public Library  to cast their ballots.  The front-running de Blasio was mobbed by camera crews, reporters, and a few supporters shouting out words of encouragement.

After he cast his vote we asked him if his internal polls show him with the same commanding lead.

“We don’t talk about our polls but we think the polls we’ve seen, the public polls have been very consistent and we give them credit for being consistent.  And it’s gratifying but we still expect a runoff,” the candidate said.

When asked what he thinks turned the race in his favor, he told PIX11 News: “I think it was the focus on the issues.  I think once this became a debate about the future of the city and where we need to go people started to pay more and more attention and really the choices are very clear.”

He went on to say, “There are real differences between the Democrats and once the voters keyed in on that we started to do better and better.”