Lhota lags big time before debate: Here’s how he can close the gap

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – New York City mayoral candidate Joe Lhota lags big time in the polls as both he and Bill de Blasio prepare for Tuesday night’s debate.

All is not lost, however, and the polls should be viewed as preliminary reactions — not a true marker of how residents will actually vote in the election, says political analyst Basil Smikle.

Registered Democratic voters vastly outweigh Republicans in New York City, and these polls simply reflect that, says Smikle.  Also worth noting, Lhota polls well on individual issues.  When it comes to stop-and-frisk and charter schools in New York City the former MTA head enjoys much more support.

So will those singular issues be enough attract independents and even sway some Democratic voters?  Tuesday night’s debate will be crucial to Lhota’s trajectory, watch the video as Basil Smikle explains what he has to do to best de Blasio.

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