Following the start of Bill de Blasio's Democratic unity tour and endorsement from one-time rival Christine Quinn, the first poll of the general election shows the former public advocate with a significant lead over his Republican opponent, Joe Lhota. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
Fresh off his victory in the Democratic primary, Bill de Blasio looks poised, at least at this point, to pull off another one.
A new Marist College poll of likely voters suggests that for the first time in 24 years, New Yorkers could send a Democrat to City Hall, showing de Blasio with a 43-point lead over his Republican rival, Joe Lhota.
Former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion is running on the Independence Party line and has just three percent of the vote.
The poll puts in stark relief the uphill battle ahead for Lhota.
De Blasio, meanwhile, picked up another big endorsement from his former opponent, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
She attacked him relentlessly in the final weeks of the primary, labeling him a flip-flopper, who switched positions whenever it was politically expedient.
"He's talking out of both sides of his mouth, and New Yorkers just can't trust him," Quinn said on September 3.
"This is just another example of a tale of two Bill de Blasios," Quinn said on August 29.
But Quinn and de Blasio are now burying the hatchet, at least in public.
The speaker endorsed her former competitor and urged other New Yorkers to get behind his campaign.
And after saying New Yorkers just can't trust him, Quinn said she now does.
"I trust Bill de Blasio," Quinn said. "I believe he will be a terrific mayor for the city of New York. This is about moving our city forward to a better place, and I know the best person to do that is Bill de Blasio."
Getting the endorsement of Quinn and Bill Thompson, who gave his support earlier this week, is giving de Blasio's mayoral bid even more momentum.
Instead of a bitter run-off battle, Democrats are focusing on de Blasio's general election campaign, determined to win City Hall.
"Some people were hoping that we wouldn't all stand together in overwhelming numbers to change this city," de Blasio said. "To those people, I say, 'Sorry, we are unified, and we will be together, and we will be strong.'"
Even with all this talk of Democratic unity, there is one prominent Democrat whose support de Blasio will not be seeking.
He is not interested in an endorsement from Anthony Weiner.