Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is unsurprisingly on track to have a very nice night, according to exit polls conducted by Edison Research for media outlets including The New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
The survey even shows Mr. de Blasio possibly crossing the necessary 40 percent threshold to avoid a Democratic primary runoff altogether, an accomplishment once thought to be impossible just a few weeks ago in the turbulent mayoral race.
At one point in the afternoon, Mr. de Blasio held 43 percent of the exit poll’s vote, followed by former Comptroller Bill Thompson with 25 percent and Council Speaker Christine Quinn with 18 percent.
The other major Democratic candidates, including Comptroller John Liu and former Congressman Anthony Weiner, trailed badly in the polls.
Voting ended at 9 p.m. and the various campaigns await the full results–which might not mirror real results, it should be noted–to trickle in.
If his rivals can hold Mr. de Blasio under 40 percent, the runoff will be held October 1.