New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is the clear frontrunner in the 2013 Democratic primary for mayor, with 29% of Democrats saying they would vote for her, a poll released Wednesday showed.
Quinn, a Manhattan Democrat who aspires to become the city’s first female and openly gay mayor, has nearly triple the number of votes as her nearest competitor in the budding race to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg, according to the latest survey from the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
The poll showed three of Quinn’s potential competitors are locked in a tight race for second place: Former City Comptroller Bill Thompson, with 10%; City Comptroller John Liu, 9%; and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, 9%.
In the bottom tier are Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, at 4%, and media executive Tom Allon, 1%.
Roughly one third of Democratic voters said they are undecided, a clear sign that the race remains wide open. But Quinn’s polling strength, coupled with her lead in fundraising, gives her an early advantage as the race prepares to pick up steam following the presidential election.