Scott Stringer Credits ‘Disciplined’ Strategy for Poll Gains

Scott Stringer. (Photo: Getty)
Scott Stringer. (Photo: Getty)

Scott Stringer can’t claim to be completely surprised by the dramatic boost in his poll numbers over the past two weeks.

In fact, the Manhattan borough president and city comptroller candidate predicted as much–although not quite the 19-point jump displayed today–in a Wednesday interview at The New York Observer‘s Midtown office.

“Our numbers are much different than the Q poll,” he said. “We’re in a very tight race.”

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Bill de Blasio Finds Himself an Indirect Beneficiary of the Weiner Scandal

Bill de Blasio.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Bill de Blasio. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Just weeks ago, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s campaign appeared to be treading water.

He was behind in the public polls. He had failed to unify labor. And the unlikely comeback candidacy of former Congressman Anthony Weiner—another outspoken, progressive with outer borough branding—seemed like the nail in the proverbial coffin, eliminating his path to victory.

But as it turns out, Mr. Weiner’s entry has turned into a blessing for Mr. de Blasio, at least as far as public polling is concerned. trans Bill de Blasio Finds Himself an Indirect Beneficiary of the Weiner Scandal

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Quinnipiac: Anthony Weiner Back on Top

Anthony Weiner (Photo: Getty)
Anthony Weiner (Photo: Getty)

Earlier this afternoon, Quinnipiac University released a new poll taking the temperature of the New York City electorate and found former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s mayoral candidacy in good shape.

And, unlike their last poll that had Council Speaker Christine Quinn narrowly leading the field, today’s survey places Mr. Weiner ahead of the pack, with 25 percent to Ms. Quinn’s 22 percent–similar results to a recent Marist College poll.

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Quinnipiac: Anthony Weiner’s Poll Position Holds Firm

Anthony Weiner. (Photo: Getty)
Anthony Weiner. (Photo: Getty)

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who announced his highly-anticipated mayoral campaign in the wee hours of the morning today, has not managed to make up much ground in public polling since he floated his name a month ago. Indeed, his percentage in the Democratic primary–15 percent–is the exact same in today’s Quinnipiac poll as the firm’s April 19 survey.

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John Liu Says He Has ‘A Very Clear Path to Victory’

John Liu riding in the back of the press van, chatting with reporters.
John Liu riding in the back of the press van, chatting with reporters.

In a 14-hour series of events yesterday, Comptroller John Liu formalized his mayoral candidacy as he traversed the city’s five boroughs. Throughout the early part of the day, Mr. Liu showed impressive energy, speed-walking, jogging, and–at one point, at least–literally sprinting from location to location with a band of reporters struggling to catch up. But some of the most memorable moments on the campaign trail came in the evening when Mr. Liu boarded the back of the press van and, munching on donuts, fielded a barrage of questions until the inquiries simply ran out. Notably, Mr. Liu dismissed politicos and pundits who categorize him as a City Hall long-shot due to the ongoing federal investigation into his fundraising.

“I wouldn’t be running–it’s way too much time and money to throw down the drain–if there was not a clear shot to victory,” Mr. Liu told Politicker. Continue reading “John Liu Says He Has ‘A Very Clear Path to Victory’”

Poll: Christine Quinn Still Leads Mayoral Field

christine quinn getty Poll: Christine Quinn Still Leads Mayoral Field
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“Okay, the race for the White House is over and it’s time to look at the New York City mayoral race, where the possibly decisive Democratic primary could be as early as June. The morning line? City Council Speaker Christine Quinn leaves the other Democratic contenders in the dust,” Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement with his latest survey.

The numbers indeed show Ms. Quinn far ahead, with 32% support among registered Democrats, even as she faces off against two citywide elected officials, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Comptroller John Liu, and 2009’s nominee, Bill Thompson. Mr. Thompson barely edged out Mr. de Blasio for the silver medal, 10 to 9 percent, with Mr. Liu standing at 5 percent. Continue reading “Poll: Christine Quinn Still Leads Mayoral Field”