According to a poll released Thursday night, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn continues to lead by a wide margin in the race to become NYC’s next mayor.
Quinn registered at 37 percent in the new poll conducted by NY1 and Marist College. She needs 40 percent to avoid a runoff in the Democratic primary.
Other Democratic candidates trail Quinn by significant margins. Former Comptroller Bill Thompson came in second place in the poll with 13 percent, and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio followed with 12 percent.
On the Republican side, Joseph Lhota, former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, leads his party with 20 percent . The WSJ notes, “The poll showed each of the major Democratic contenders beating Mr. Lhota in hypothetical match-ups. For example, Ms. Quinn outpaces Mr. Lhota 64 percent to 18 percent.”
Quinn’s election would make her New York City’s first openly LGBT mayor, and would make the city the world’s largest municipality ever to be led by an openly gay mayor.
The Victory Fund announced its endorsement of Christine Quinn for mayor of New York City in January. Chuck Wolfe, President and CEO of the Victory Fund, told Gay Politics, “Her election would send a clear message that there are no barriers, no glass ceilings in New York City for LGBT leaders who want to serve their city as public officials.”