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.