The Tall Man Cometh
She represents continuity with the Bloomberg years; he says the city needs to reverse course. He’s been a constant thorn in the mayor’s side. She’s often stood by it.
But with less than 24 hours to go before the polls open, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio found themselves making their final pitches to undecided voters still torn between the two candidates.
Outside P.S. 333 on the Upper West Side, Ms. Quinn, the former front-runner, who is now fighting for a slot in the expected runoff, spent part of the morning greeting parents, including mom Ann Melinger, who stopped to ask Ms. Quinn about her number one issue: city public schools. After discussing the need to scale down the focus on testing and increase arts and music funding, Ms. Melinger asked Ms. Quinn to make her closing pitch.
The question for Tuesday–at least according to two new polls–is not whether Bill de Blasio will come in first, but whether he’ll sail through without a runoff or go head-to-head with Bill Thompson.
The city’s public advocate remains far ahead of his mayoral rivals a day before the primary, according to two new polls out last night and this morning. But one shows Mr. Thompson gaining steam.
Pretty Fly (For a Tall Guy)
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio remains the decisive front-runner going into Tuesday’s primary, according to the latest poll.
The new WSJ-NBC 4 New York-Marist survey, released Sunday night, gives Mr. de Blasio 36 percent of the likely Democratic vote–slightly less than the 40 percent he would need to avoid a runoff with the second-place contender.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who dominated the polls early in the race, and former Comptroller Bill Thompson appear locked in a dead tie, with each earning 20 percent of the vote.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio seems to have it in the bag.
With a commanding lead in the polls and palpable momentum, Mr. de Blasio was treated like a reigning champion as he embarked on a five-borough campaign tour today that sometimes felt like a victory lap, with less than a week to go before the primary.
With his prospects next Tuesday looking less than sunny, former Congressman Anthony Weiner tested out a new career Wednesday morning with a stint hosting the weather on Fox 5′s morning show.
About halfway through an awkward early morning interview on Good Day New York, the mayoral candidate was asked what he plans to do if he loses.
Quinn in Queens
Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio has surpassed the 40 percent he needs to win the Democratic nomination without a runoff, at least according to the latest poll.
New Quinnipiac University numbers put the front-running Mr. de Blasio far ahead of the competition, with the support of 43 percent of likely voters. Former Comptroller Bill Thompson and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn are battling it out for second, the poll shows, with 20 percent and 18 percent of the vote, respectively.
And former Congressman Anthony Weiner remains far behind, with 7 percent, trailed by Comptroller John Liu with 4 percent, according to the poll, which comes exactly one week from primary day.
According to recent polls, former mayoral front-runner Christine Quinn is in trouble. Some now have her in third place–trailing Public Advocate Bill de Blasio by as many as 15-points–and even ardent supporters seem genuinely concerned that she might not make the expected runoff following next Tuesday’s primary.
But Ms. Quinn on Monday seemed as confident as ever as she campaigned in Astoria, Queens, following the West Indian Day Parade. Dressed in bright pink pants, a t-shirt and sandals, Ms. Quinn greeted excited voters in the immigrant-heavy neighborhood who repeatedly assured the candidate she’d do just fine.
A day after two polls came out showing ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s once-commanding lead in the comptroller’s race had vanished, another new poll tells quite a different story.
A New York Times poll released today found that Mr. Spitzer is still leading his opponent, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, 50 to 35 percent among likely voters–a far cry from yesterday’s Quinnipiac poll, showing them tied, and another, from amNewYork and News 12 Long Island, showing them locked in a dead heat less than two weeks before the September 10 Democratic primary.
Two more polls have Public Advocate Bill de Blasio far ahead of his Democratic rivals less than two weeks before the primary–with former front-runner Christine Quinn now lagging in third.
According to a new New York Times/Siena College poll out this morning, Mr. de Blasio is now head-and-shoulders above his rivals, with 32 percent of the vote. Former Comptroller Bill Thompson and Ms. Quinn appear to be fighting it out to for a slot in the expected run-off, with Mr. Thompson at 18 percent and Ms. Quinn at 17 percent.
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.”