NEW YORK (AP) - A poll shows New York City Democratic mayoral hopeful and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio surging past the 40 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff election.
The Quinnipiac University poll shows de Blasio as the choice of 43 percent of likely Democratic voters.
This is the first time any poll this year has a candidate eclipsing 40 percent. If no one does, the top two finishers in the Sept. 10 primary advance to an October runoff.
Ex-comptroller Bill Thompson is second at 20 percent. He's followed by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn at 18 percent.
The poll indicates de Blasio would handily defeat Thompson or Quinn in a runoff.
The poll surveyed 750 likely Democratic primary voters. The margin of error is 3.6 percentage points.
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