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Sorry to release another diary so soon but I had to get this out.  Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (D) continues to hold onto his lead in the Democratic Primary for Mayor of New York City:

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15:  New York City Democratic Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio listens to a question at a press conference outside the East Side Community High School on August 15, 2013 in New York City. De Blasio spoke about his plan to tax the wealthy in order to expand city's after-school programs.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
A new poll conducted by Quinnipiac University has the city’s public advocate with 36 percent of the likely Democratic vote, placing him within reaching distance of avoiding a widely-expected runoff election.

The two other leading Democratic candidates, Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former Comptroller Bill Thompson, posted 21 and 20 percent respectively. Former Congressman Anthony Weiner earned just 8 percent, while current Comptroller John Liu trailed with 6 percent.

Mr. de Blasio’s rise seems to be bolstered by a general frustration with the way the city has been run under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Sixty-five percent of likely Democratic voters said they believe the city needs to take a new direction, and far more said they’re looking for “a strong leader” who understands their problems, as opposed to someone with “the right experience” or “new ideas.” - Politicker, 8/28/13

Quinnipac goes on to explain more about de Blasio's lead:

"Talk about breaking out of the pack! Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, in fourth place just five weeks ago, is edging up on the magic 40 percent needed to avoid a Democratic primary runoff. And if there is a runoff, he clobbers Council Speaker Christine Quinn or former Comptroller and 2009 Democratic challenger William Thompson," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"De Blasio takes a big lead into the final turn. Let's see how he does in the home stretch."

De Blasio, who's running on a more liberal platform than Quinn and Thompson, also sports big leads in hypothetical run-off matchups with his two closest rivals. He would beat Quinn, the former longtime front-runner, 59 percent to 30 percent and Thompson 52 percent to 36 percent, according to the poll.

De Blasio's support jumped from 30 percent in a Quinnipiac poll taken Aug. 13. - WABC-TV New York, 8/28/13

And here's a few more details:

The advocate, who benefitted heavily from both ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner's tumble in the packed field and a warm response to ads featuring his teenaged son, Dante, bounded up six points from the Aug. 13 Q Poll, which had Quinn at 24% support and Thompson at 22%.

De Blasio leads substantially among both whites and blacks.

On the gender gap, Quinn, the only woman in the race, gets the nod from 25% of female likely voters and only 18% of males -- leaving her outstripped by de Blasio's 30% and 43% respectively.

A substantial 65% of those polled say New York needs a change from three-term Mayor Bloomberg.

Most -- 30% -- told Quinnipiac they want a strong leader, while 26% value someone who gets their problems, 19% crave a candidate with new ideas and 18% say experience is paramount.

De Blasio's got a big lead among those who lean toward a candidate who understands them and who has new ideas. Quinn's ahead with likely primary voters who seek a strong leader with the right experience. - New York Daily News, 8/28/13

You can read the Quinnipac poll here:

This is excellent news indeed.  The primary election is September 10th.  Lets keep de Blasio's campaign fueled and keep it going so hopefully we can avoid the runoff:

Originally posted to pdc on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 01:11 PM PDT.

Also republished by New York City, The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, and In Support of Labor and Unions.

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