Bill De Blasio Pulls Way Ahead in NYC Mayoral Race

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Jemal Countess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — What once looked like a horse race for the Democratic nomination for mayor of New York City is turning into a romp for candidate Bill de Blasio.

With the primary election just a week away, de Blasio has pulled so far ahead of his competitors that he might be able to avoid a run-off that would come if the frontrunner doesn’t manage to gain at least 40 percent of the vote.

The latest Quinnipiac poll released on Tuesday shows the New York City Public Advocate with 43 percent of the vote, compared to former Comptroller Bill Thompson with 20 percent and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn with 18 percent.

At one point, Quinn was running just ahead of de Blasio, that is, until the appearance of former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who vaulted into the lead despite his sexting scandals.

Now, Weiner is an also-ran, only pulling 7 percent of the vote.

If de Blasio wins the Sept. 10 primary, he’ll likely face Republican Joe Lhota in the November general election.

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