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New Siena Poll Maintains De Blasio Lead, Gives Spitzer Edge

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A new poll released Friday shows Public Advocate Bill de Blasio leading the crowded Democratic race for mayor, with former Comptroller William Thompson and City Council Speaker Christine statistically tied for second place.

The Siena College poll shows de Blasio with 32 percentage points, Thompson with 18 points, and Quinn with 17 points.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner got 11 points while City Comptroller John Liu trailed with just three points.

If no candidate gets 40 percent of the vote in the primary, the top two finishers will face each other in a runoff.

The last Siena poll, taken in July, had Quinn in first place and Weiner in second, with de Blasio and Thompson trailing behind.

Friday's poll is the third this week that shows de Blasio leading his rivals, with Thompson and Quinn fighting for second place.

The poll surveyed 505 likely Democratic voters from August 19th to August 28th.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

Meantime, the Siena College poll is also giving Eliot Spitzer a sizeable lead over Scott Stringer in the comptroller's race.

The survey shows Spitzer getting support from 50 percent of likely Democratic voters, and Stringer with 35 percent.

This poll gives a much different impression of the race than a Quinnipiac survey that came out Thursday showing the two candidates running neck and neck at 46 percent.

An earlier survey showed Stringer trailing Spitzer by 19 points.

Since then, Stringer has picked up several notable endorsements and started a new ad campaign.

Spitzer's campaign disputes the Quinnipiac numbers and says the former governor should be judged on his experience.

The primary is set for September 10.

Poll Shows Widening Lead For Lhota

Another poll released Friday has Bill de Blasio in front but Quinn even further behind Thompson.

According to the survey conducted by newspaper AM New York, the city's public advocate has 29 percent of the vote and the former comptroller trails him with 24 percent.

Speaker Quinn has 17 percent of the vote, Anthony Weiner has ten and John Liu has five.

On the other side of the aisle, the poll has Joe Lhota way ahead of nearest rival John Catsimitidis.

The former MTA chair garnered 50 percent of the vote, with Catsimitidis trailing with 28 percent.

Catsimitidis is questioning how valid those number are.

In a statement, his campaign points out that AM New York is owned by Cablevision, which employed Lhota in the past.

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