Bill de Blasio starts with 41-point lead in New York mayor’s race

September 19, 2013

Newly minted Democratic nominee Bill de Blasio begins with a 41-point lead in the New York mayor's race, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University.

The poll shows de Blasio leading GOP nominee Joe Lhota 66-25. Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrion, a former Obama administration official and former Democratic Bronx borough president, is at 2 percent.

De Blasio, the city's current public advocate, holds huge leads among black and Hispanic voters and also leads by double digits among political independents, 53-36.

Lhota, a former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, will be hard-pressed to pull a comeback. While de Blasio is better-known, more voters have an unfavorable view of Lhota (35 percent) than of de Blasio (21 percent). More than six in 10 likely New York voters have a favorable impression of de Blasio, while just three in 10 say the same of Lhota.

That a Democrat is leading in New York is no surprise, but de Blasio would be the city's first Democratic mayor in two decades.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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