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Bill Thompson will drop out of NYC Democratic Primary Race…

Bill DeBlasio has received over 40% of the primary vote…..

Thompson around 26%…..

The City of New York has had Republican Mayor for almost 20 years….

New York Democrats do not want or need a primary run-off and have applied HUGE pressure on Thompson to withdraw….In additon, most of his supporter have moved to embrace de Blaiso who has led Republican Joe Lhotoa in the polling in the past by a wide margin….


William C. Thompson Jr. will withdraw from the mayor’s race on Monday morning at City Hall, ending his second bid to run the city, according to people told of the plan.

Mr. Thompson, a Democrat, will endorse his rival, Bill de Blasio, after making the announcement, these people said. Mr. de Blasio is leading in votes counted thus far from last week’s mayoral primary, with a little more than 40 percent of the vote.

Thousands of ballots remain uncounted, with many of them to be tallied today. But Mr. Thompson realized, those close to him said, that even if he were to qualify for a runoff against Mr. de Blasio, his chances of victory were slim.

Mr. Thompson scheduled a news conference at 11 a.m. at City Hall to make the announcement…..


Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 9/12/13…Thompson vows to press on, but pressure mounts to concede

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• NYC Mayor: Whether you went to bed early or late on Tuesday night, you went to sleep not knowing whether Public Advocate Bill de Blasio had officially cleared the crucial 40 percent mark in the Democratic primary, which would allow him to avoid a runoff with the second-place finisher, 2009 nominee Bill Thompson. And as of Wednesday evening… we still don’t know what’s going to happen. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, de Blasio sits at 40.33 percent, but of course, there are more votes left to count.

The Board of Elections says it will re-canvass voting machine tallies starting on Friday, but they won’t begin opening paper ballots (which would include absentee and provisional ballots) until Monday. Given how soon a runoff would be held—Oct. 1—this lethargy would be remarkable if it were anyone other than the notoriously incompetent New York City BoE.

De Blasio declared victory, but Thompson is promising to continue his campaign, even though powerful Democratic interests are pushing him to concede. In any event, Thompson thinks the final vote won’t be resolved until the end of next week, so for now, we wait.

Looking back at the election, the New York Times has put together an exceptional interactive map of Tuesday night’s results in New York City, which allows you to filter returns by race, income, or home ownership. As you’d expect, Comptroller John Liu did well in heavily Asian areas, while City Council Speaker Christine Quinn performed best on Manhattan’s wealthy (and white) East Side. And ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner’s top precincts were… pretty much non-existent.

But the real story unfolds when you click the link to highlight “black areas,” which shows that de Blasio dominated Thompson in the most heavily African-American precincts. Indeed, in areas that are at least 50 percent black by population, de Blasio won 47-34, about the same as his citywide margin. If Thompson was counting on racial affinity to power his campaign, he evidently miscalculated, but he should have known better, because this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a more liberal white candidate perform better with black voters than a more centrist black candidate. (A good example would be Ron Sparks’s win over Artur Davis in the AL-Gov Democratic primary in 2010.)

The Times‘s Michael Barbaro also has a very good post-mortem on the campaign strategy that led to de Blasio’s surge. Interestingly, de Blasio did not send a single mailer but rather devoted all his resources to television, where he outspent his rivals by $200,000, despite every candidate abiding by a spending cap. Given the massive success the ad featuring his son Dante enjoyed—and, you know, the election results—it certainly seems like this was the right move…..

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New York City Democrat’s urge Bill Thompson to give it up…..

Bill de Blasio just won the Democratic Primary for Mayor of the City of New York….

He won it by 40.3% of the Democratic vote…..

If he gets 40% he doesn’t have to do a run-off and he’s gonna be Mayor cause unless he does something REALLY dumb the polls have him beating the GOP guy Joeseph Lhota by a LOT……..

So less than 24 hours after the primary Democrats have started to push Bill Thompson to give up on a run-off…..


Mr. de Blasio, eager to cement his status as the Democratic nominee, acted to project an air of inevitability by wooing labor unions that had supported his rivals. Several unions that snubbed Mr. de Blasio in the primary prepared to throw their support behind him at a rally on Thursday, arguing that it was in the best interests of their members.

A longtime Thompson ally, the Rev. Al Sharpton, encouraged him to give up his campaign, and an influential labor group, the Hotel Trades Council, endorsed Mr. de Blasio.

“It’s time for working people and Democrats to unite behind our next mayor, Bill de Blasio,” said Josh Gold, political director of the Hotel Trades Council.

Mr. Thompson found some measure of hope in the uncertain election outcome. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Mr. de Blasio had won 40.3 percent of the vote, just over the 40 percent required by law to avoid a runoff, but there were more than 16,000 paper ballots that have not yet been counted.

“I want to make sure that every voice is heard, that every vote is counted,” Mr. Thompson told reporters after attending a Sept. 11 service at the Firemen’s Memorial in Riverside Park.

But Mr. Thompson, who won 26.2 percent of the vote, was harboring no illusions about the long odds against him, according to those close to him. And there were strikingly few calls from Democratic leaders for him to fight on.

“He should get out in the name of unity,” Mr. Sharpton told two elected officials close to Mr. Thompson, according to a person told of the conversation.

Mr. Sharpton, who is one of the city’s most prominent black leaders, argued that Mr. Thompson’s poor performance with black voters on Primary Day boded poorly for him in any runoff, when voter turnout might be even lower.


Bill De Blasio wins Big in NYC…Can he avoid a Run-Off?

He is at about 40.2% reports claim which would put him over the run-off threshold ……

There are more mail-in ballots to counted……

There was a brief mention of a recount last night but that has resurvaced…..

If he does not have a run-off Dde Blasio is the clear favorite to become New York City’s next Mayor….

photo on Bill DeBlasio and his family celebrating their win….news.yahoo.com

 Mr. de Blasio, an activist-turned-operative and now the city’s public advocate, celebrated a remarkable come-from-behind surge, it was not clear if he had won the 40 percent needed to avoid a runoff election on Oct. 1 withWilliam C. Thompson Jr., who finished second. At night’s end, he had won just over 40 percent of the ballots counted; thousands of paper ballots had yet to be tallied, which could take days.

Mr. de Blasio, who campaigned as the most liberal Democrat in the field, immediately pivoted into a less strident general-election mode. In a victory speech just after midnight at a music club in Brooklyn, he soberly invoked Wednesday’s 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

“We were reminded that day of a crucially important lesson,” he said, “that the job of those of us in positions of authority is to keep our city safe, to be constantly vigilant, to use every tool at our disposal to protect our people.”

But Mr. Thompson, addressing his supporters at a Midtown Manhattan hotel, vowed to continue his campaign at least until all the primary ballots are counted. “Tonight is for every one of you out there who have ever been counted out,” he told a jubilant crowd chanting “Three more weeks.”

The winner of the unusually spirited Republican contest was Joseph J. Lhota, a no-nonsense former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He defeatedJohn A. Catsimatidis, a voluble billionaire who ran an often whimsical campaign.

Mr. Lhota, who served as deputy mayor to Rudolph W. Giuliani, will carry his tough-minded approach to crime-fighting and city spending into the general election on Nov. 5. A vocal supporter of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s policies, Mr. Lhota called his victory “the first step in continuing a strong future for our city.”

By contrast, Mr. de Blasio’s vow to make a clean break from the Bloomberg era struck a chord with Democratic voters worried about jobs and schools. Roughly three in four wanted to move the city in a different direction after 12 years with Mr. Bloomberg, an exit poll found….


Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 9/10/13: De Blasio flirts with outright win in New York mayoral primary

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by David Nir

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• NYC Mayor: We have three final polls of today’s Democratic primary for New York City mayor, and the chief question they all pose is, will Public Advocate Bill de Blasio hit 40 percent and avoid a runoff with either former Comptroller Bill Thompson or City Council Speaker Christine Quinn? Here are all the numbers, in the order in which they were released (with trendlines in parentheses):

• Marist (9/3-6): de Blasio 36, Thompson 20, Quinn 20 (8/12-14: de Blasio 20, Quinn 20, Thompson 18)• PPP (9/7-8): de Blasio 39, Thompson 19, Quinn 13

• Quinnipiac (9/6-8): de Blasio 39, Thompson 25, Quinn 18 (8/28-9/1: de Blasio 43, Thompson 20, Quinn 18)

Quinnipiac is the first pollster to actually show de Blasio cresting after his August surge, though Marist (whose prior poll was a few weeks older) still has him moving upward. If de Blasio still has forward momentum, he may well surpass the magic 40 mark; if not, he might fall just short.

And if there is a runoff, it looks like it’ll be de Blasio vs. Thompson. PPP’s last-minute entry, their first of the race, aligns with Quinnipiac in seeing Quinn fall to third, and Marist’s trendline is no good for her, either. It’s not terribly surprising: According to PPP, Quinn has a remarkably terrible 34-48 favorability rating—and remember, we’re talking about Democratic primary voters here. De Blasio (62-18) and Thompson (57-18), meanwhile, are both quite popular.

But this is a good example of favorables only telling you so much. De Blasio’s support evidently runs deeper and more fervently, since PPP has him crushing Thompson 53-33 in a hypothetical second round. Marist shows a tighter runoff, but de Blasio still has a solid lead, 50-38. (Quinnipiac didn’t ask about runoffs this time, but their prior poll gave de Blasio a 56-36 edge, similar to PPP’s.)

This may all be moot, though, if de Blasio can cap his extraordinary month-long run with a final burst of energy at the finish. We’ll have our answers on tonight, so be sure to come back to Daily Kos Elections for our liveblog……

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NYC Mayoral Dem Primary 9/3/13 Q Poll has De Blasio over the magic 40% line….

If the poll is correct on election day …7 days away….

…..Bill De Blasio will become the next Mayor of New York City in November…

He should have no run-off…after next Tuesday’s election…..


There is no GOP candidate that can touch him….

Bill Thompson moves into second place…and Poor Christine Quinn is in third place with Mike Bloomberg draging her out of the race….

With 47 percent of black voters and 44 percent of women voters, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio surges to 43 percent of likely voters in the Democratic primary for mayor, passing the 40 percent cutoff and possibly avoiding a runoff, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
Former City Comptroller and 2009 Democratic nominee William Thompson is at 20 percent, with 18 percent for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, 7 percent for former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, 4 percent for Comptroller John Liu, 1 percent for former Council member Sal Albanese and 8 percent undecided.
This compares to results of an August 28 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN- uh-pe-ack) University which showed de Blasio at 36 percent, with 21 percent for Quinn, 20 percent for Thompson, 8 percent for Weiner and 6 percent for Liu.
In today’s survey, women likely Democratic primary voters go 44 percent for de Blasio, 19 percent for Thompson and 18 percent for Quinn. Men go 41 percent for de Blasio, 20 percent for Thompson and 18 percent for Quinn. Black voters go 47 percent for de Blasio, 25 percent for Thompson and 6 percent for Quinn. White voters go 42 percent for de Blasio, 28 percent for Quinn and 16 percent for Thompson.
“Can Public Advocate Bill de Blasio keep his surge going for seven more days?


Another poll confirms De Blasio is pulling away from the NYC Dem Mayoral Field…

This time it’s the NY Times/Siena Colleg Poll…..

Bill Thompson comes in second and Christine Quinn third…..

I wouldn’t look to this Dog as a expert forecaster….

But  it does look like this is gonna be the finals come September 10th when th vote comes in….

Now can De Blasio avoid a runoff by gettting more than 40%?

New York City is looking at it’s first Democrat in 20 years, and a guy who has a past Clinton connection….


With 11 days remaining until the primary, the new survey shows a drastically reshaped race as a broad cross-section of voters embraces Mr. de Blasio’s candidacy. It found that 32 percent of likely Democratic voters supported Mr. de Blasio, who is the city’s elected public advocate, compared with 18 percent forWilliam C. Thompson Jr., the former comptroller, and 17 percent for Ms. Quinn, the speaker of the City Council.

Mr. de Blasio’s campaign, fueled by a relentless focus on economic disparity and a searing critique of the Bloomberg administration, has transcended the city’s traditional demographic divisions: he is drawing higher levels of support from men and women, older and younger, than any of his rivals. He has won the backing of those who think the city is headed in the right direction and those convinced it is on the wrong track.

With so little time left in the primary, Mr. de Blasio’s commanding lead will quite likely force his Democratic rivals to recalibrate their strategies, intensify their attacks and seek to land decisive blows against him during the final televised debate next week.

The citywide Times/Siena College poll was conducted on landlines and cellphones from Aug. 19 to 28 with 505 likely Democratic primary voters. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

As voters prepare for a change in City Hall, the poll shows that Democrats remain deeply conflicted over the state of the city: they are evenly split over whether they approve or disapprove of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s job performance, and over whether the city is headed in the right or wrong direction.

Mr. de Blasio’s campaign has sought to capitalize on that unease, especially among the city’s liberal voters. But the survey suggests that his appeal has reached beyond the left-leaning constituencies he cultivated first as a councilman, then as public advocate…..


Bill De Blasio finds out what it’s like to be in the lead in NYC Mayor polls…

They held a debate last nught for the New York City politicians that want to be Mayor….

With Anthony Weiner fall from grace the race has seen Bill De Blasio soar to the top….

And when you get there….

Everbody on stage goes after you….

A mayoral debate will be held tonight on NY1. An earlier debate at WABC-TV studios included, from left, Christine C. Quinn, Anthony D. Weiner, William C. Thompson Jr., John C. Liu and Bill de Blasio.Pool photo by James KeivomA mayoral debate will be held tonight on NY1. An earlier debate at WABC-TV studios included, from left, Christine C. Quinn, Anthony D. Weiner, William C. Thompson Jr., John C. Liu and Bill de Blasio.

In a prime-time rumpus that was by turns feisty and personal, the Democratic candidates for mayor of New York mounted a furious and unrelenting attack on Bill de Blasio, the public advocate, who has suddenly captured the excitement of left-wing voters and growing support from the city’s sought-after black electorate.

At times, taken aback by the intensifying barrage, Mr. de Blasio appealed to the moderator to intervene.

“In professional wrestling,” Mr. de Blasio moaned, “they allow tag teams.”

On Wednesday night in Midtown Manhattan, that team was Ms. Quinn and Mr. Thompson, who repeatedly and collaboratively raised pointed questions about Mr. de Blasio’s accomplishments and credibility.

In the evening’s most memorable exchange, Mr. Thompson first demanded that Mr. de Blasio take down a television commercial that depicted himself as the sole candidate prepared to end the racially discriminatory use of the stop-and-frisk police tactic — an inaccurate portrayal, Mr. Thompson said.

Mr. de Blasio dodged the request — but Ms. Quinn, the City Council speaker, was ready with a sneak attack. Using her chance to pose a question to an opponent, a smiling Ms. Quinn turned and asked Mr. Thompson if he was satisfied with Mr. de Blasio’s answer.

“No, I am not satisfied,” Mr. Thompson, the former city comptroller, said sternly.

Mr. Thompson, who has struggled to unify African-American voters behind his candidacy even though he is the only black candidate, seemed determined to reclaim their affections.

He challenged Mr. de Blasio’s claims on the stop-and-frisk tactics, which a federal court just ruled had violated the rights of minorities. “Bill, I certainly don’t need lectures from you on this issue,” Mr. Thompson said.

On a night dominated by political broadsides, there were plenty of lighter and revealing moments…


Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 8/16/13: Second poll confirms Bill De Blasio surge in New York City race

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by David Jarman

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• NYC mayor: We’ve gotten some confirmation that Tuesday’s Quinnipiac poll of the New York City mayoral race — which had one-time afterthought Bill De Blasio surging into an unexpected lead — was no fluke. Thursday’s new Marist poll of the race (on behalf of the Wall Street Journal and NBC) finds similar numbers, although they see a tie between De Blasio and Christine Quinn rather than an outright lead.

The new poll finds De Blasio, the city Public Advocate, and city council president Quinn tied at 24 each, with ex-Comptroller Bill Thompson at 18, ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (who now has 63% unfavorable among Democrats) at 11, and current Comptroller John Liu at 5. Compared with the previous poll, Quinn is down by 2 points, while De Blasio is up by 7. De Blasio’s gains are coming mostly within the African-American community, as he moved up from 10% to 20% support among blacks; that’s probably thanks to his stance against the city’s stop-and-frisk policies, which became much better known in recent weeks thanks to this ad starring his son. Most observers consider De Blasio as generally the most progressive member of the mayoral field (though Thompson would take issue with that).

Unlike the Quinnipiac poll from earlier this week, though, Marist finds Quinn still competitive in a runoff, which will happen if no candidate breaks 40% in the primary. De Blasio beats Quinn in a head-to-head runoff by only 44-42; similarly, Thompson beats Quinn 44-43. In a De Blasio/Thompson contest, De Blasio prevails 44-36.

Finally, Marist also has data about the downballot races. Ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer leads Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer 54-36 in the Comptroller primary, while the Public Advocate primary is led by city councilor Letitia James at 16, followed by Catherine Guerriero and Dan Squadron at 12, and Reshma Saujani at 3. And while it’s easy to forget, there’s still a Republican mayoral primary, too: former Metropolitan Transit Authority president Joe Lhota leads John Catsimatidis and George McDonald, 33-22-12.

Quinn leads…de Blasio in second in 8/15/13 NBC 4NY/WSJ Poll NYC Mayoral Race….

The significant thing is this poll is that Quinn and de Blasio are in first and second place….


de Blasio…21%



A poll a few days ago had de Blasio leading and Quinn in second….

Thompson is now stuck in third with Weiner again in fourth….

If thos keeps up look for a runoff between de Blasio and Quinn….

Ok….let me step back since over 50% of the voters polled are NOT sure of their vote….

Lets say the the top four are STILL in it….

Ads are coming up in the media now


Bill Thompson has not been gettting ALL of the black vote up to this point…..

As Weiner flounders, the race’s momentum has turned in favor of de Blasio, a liberal, outspoken critic of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York’s policing tactics — particularly stop-and-frisk, which a federal judge deemed unconstitutional this week. De Blasio’s turnaround is due in part to a swell of support from black voters; 20 percent of black Democrats said they’d vote for him, up from 10 percent last month.

His surge in the polls has come as he has sought to showcase his racially mixed family on the trail, and released an ad narrated by his teenage son, Dante.

Thompson, the only black candidate in the race, has the support of 22 percent of black Democrats, the poll found.

De Blasio now stands as the race’s best-liked candidate, with 59 percent of Democrats saying they had a favorable impression of him, and 14 percent saying they didn’t.

Quinn, by contrast, has seen her image deteriorate. Once the clear front-runner, she is the Democratic candidate with the closest association with Bloomberg, and now suffers from a rising unfavorability rating. In February, 17 percent of Democrats said they didn’t think positively of her; this week, the number jumped to 32. Still, 54 percent of Democrats said they had a favorable impression of her.

And then there’s Weiner, who has hit an all-time low: 26 percent of Democrats said they thought highly of him, and 63 percent said they did not.

That’s quite a fall since June, when a NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll showed Weiner leading the primary field. Back then, 52 percent of Democrats said they had a favorable impression of him, and 36 percent did not.

With the Sept. 10 primary drawing closer, and small margins separating the leading candidates, it seems likely that none will receive the 40 percent of votes needed to avoid an Oct. 1 runoff.

The campaign also appears vulnerable to more dramatic swings: only 43 percent of Democrats said they were firmly committed to their choice of candidates…..


An In-Depth look at the NYC Mayoral Candidates August 2013….

An exhaustive look at the New York City people running for Mayor with a emphasis on the recent Stop and Frisk ruling handed down by a Federal Judge….

In the end it seems the race is coming down to f=referendum on current Mayor Mike Bloomberg who New Yorker have come to NOT like due to his maneuvering for a third term and his defense of the Stop and Frick Police Program….

Bill de Blasio is now get a boost from this and Christine Quinn is not…..

photo of Bill de Blasio….newsday.com

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is now in the lead in the Democratic primary race for New York mayor, garnering the support of 30 percent of likely voters, compared to 24 percent who favor City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and 22 percent who favor former comptroller Bill Thompson. Meanwhile the GOP primary is heating up, with former MTA chair Joe Lhota beating millionaire grocery magnate John Catsimatidis by six points, after leading by 14 only a few weeks ago.

Of course, if you don’t live in New York — and quite possibly even if you do — you probably haven’t heard of any of these people, or know what a public advocate or comptroller does. And normally you shouldn’t have to. But New York has 8.3 million people and what happens there matters across the country, and this election is the first since at least 2001 where a wide array of candidates with vastly different policy platforms all have plausible paths to victory. So let’s break down what rides on this year’s race and see how the candidates differ.

Here, I’m focusing on de Blasio, Quinn, Thompson, Lhota and Catsimatidis. There are other candidates on the race, of course, including current Comptroller John Liu, former congressman Anthony Weiner, and former White House adviser Adolfo Carrion. But polling suggests that these five have the best odds, so a focus on them seems fair. This doesn’t cover every issue, of course, just the most salient ones to people outside New York. I do touch on transportation issues a bit in the tax section when discussing congestion pricing and commuter taxes, but that’s also an area where there’s surprisingly little daylight between the candidates.


Among the biggest cleavages between the candidates has to do with the crime policy Michael Bloomberg has pursued as mayor, in particular the “stop, question and frisk” policy the New York Policy Department engaged in more and more under his and NYPD chief Ray Kelly’s tenures.

• Bill de Blasio has said he’d replace Kelly and put an end to stop and frisk. He also wants to appoint an inspector general for the department and give the Civilian Complaint Review Board more prosecutorial power. He wants to reduce the department’s focus on low-level marijuana offenses, to increase the use of incarceration alternatives, and to make it easier for ex-offenders to integrate into society. But he also wants to increase the use of cameras in public areas to detect crime, and to expand efforts to identify gunshots that would otherwise go unreported

• Christine Quinn has said she’d keep Kelly, but will insist he wind down stop and frisk. While de Blasio wants to maintain force levels, she wants to put more cops on the street. She agrees with de Blasio on increasing camera and shot-detection usage. She also calls for a 50 percent reduction in pedestrian, cyclist and driver fatalities,  emphasis the other candidates often don’t make. Like de Blasio, she wants an inspector general.

• Bill Thompson has compared stop and frisk to the death of Trayvon Martin, but has opposed two bills meant to rein it in, and suggested that he thinks stops are appropriate as a general policy, just not if used in a racially-biased manner. His opposition to those bills lead de Blasio to accuse him of hypocrisy. Like Quinn, he wants to increase the size of the police force. He also wants to stop trying 16- and 17-year-olds as adults…..


New NYC Mayors Race Q Poll 8/13/13…de Blasio, Quinn, Thompson and Weiner

Here we go folks!….

We have four weeks to go and the lead changes AGAIN…..

Things ARE Fluid……

Quinn is already having a  hard time after the judges ruling on ‘Sop and Frisk’……

Just on that she loses the lead….

In this poll Anthony Weiner has lost his grip on his black voters….

Bill de Blasio seems to be the recipient of the voters who have soured on Weiner, Quinn  and aren’t happy with Thompson….


With strong support from white Democratic likely primary voters and voters critical of the so- called stop-and-frisk police tactic, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio leads the Democratic race for New York City mayor with 30 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

With four weeks to go, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has 24 percent, with 22 percent for former Comptroller William Thompson, 10 percent for former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, 6 percent for Comptroller John Liu, 1 percent for former Council member Sal Albanese and 7 percent undecided, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.
Stop-and-frisk is excessive and harasses innocent people, 60 percent of likely Democratic primary voters say, while 31 percent say it is an acceptable way to make the city safer. Among those critical of stop-and-frisk, 34 percent back de Blasio, with 24 percent for Thompson and 22 percent for Quinn.
Democratic likely voters support 66 – 25 percent the creation of an inspector general to independently monitor the New York Police Department.
There is a measurable racial divide as black voters go 39 percent for Thompson, 22 percent for de Blasio and 18 percent for Quinn. White voters go 39 percent for de Blasio, 31 percent for Quinn and 12 percent for Thompson.
Gender does not appear to be a factor as women go 31 percent for de Blasio, 26 percent for Quinn and 23 percent for Thompson. Men go 30 percent for de Blasio, 22 percent for Quinn and 20 percent for Thompson.
“A few weeks ago, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio looked like an also-ran. Today, he’s the leader of the pack, and a winner in the runoffs. Follow the bouncing ball, folks. This line-up keeps changing,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“Nobody thinks former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner will pack it in, but 52 percent of likely Democratic primary voters wish he’d go away and 51 percent say they’d never vote for him,” Carroll said….