Monday, September 9, 2013

De Blasio Surges On Eve of NYC Mayoral Primary

Bill de Blasio
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While much of the talk of the New York City Mayoral Race has centered around the...uhh...candidacy of Anthony Weiner, NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has surged forward to take a solid lead in the polls over City Council Speaker Chris Quinn and former Comptroller Bill Thompson.  The voters go to the polls on Tuesday.

De Blasio leads with 36 percent of the vote.  Quinn and Thompson are tied with 20 percent.  Weiner is a distant 21 points behind de Blasio and slightly ahead of current NYC Comptroller John Liu who has just five percent support in the Wall Street Journal-NBC 4 New York-Marist Poll.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg made headlines when he called de Blasio's campaign racist.  It was an odd charge.  De Blasio is married to an African-American woman, and his children are of mixed race.  De Blasio is running a "two New Yorks" campaign talking about the inequality of the high income earners of NYC and the low income earners.  He talks, on his campaign website, about the vanishing middle class in New York.

Some have called it class warfare, and that was the context for Bloomberg's strange comments.

Even de Blasio's competition rushed to his defense with most speaking out against the charges by the current Mayor.

While de Blasio is consolidating his support, Republican Joe Lhota has all but wrapped up the GOP nomination if you believe the polls.  Lhota has 48 percent support in the most recent Quinnipiac poll.

To avoid a runoff, de Blasio and Lhota need 40 percent in Tuesday's primary.

It's hard to believe, but Democrats have not held the New York Mayor's Office in 20 years.  David Dinkins, the last Democrat to be Mayor of New York, left office in 1993 after losing a reelection bid to Rudy Guiliani.  Guiliani served two terms, and, his successor, incumbent Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has served three.  A former Democrat, Bloomberg was elected as a Republican before becoming an independent.

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