A new poll shows Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio still enjoying a huge lead over Republican challenger Joseph Lhota. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
Bill de Blasio's surge is turning into a tidal wave.
A Quinnipiac University poll has likely voters favoring de Blasio over Joseph Lhota 71 percent to 21 percent. Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrion has just 2 percent.
"I am gratified to have the support that have now, but that doesn't make it any less tough," de Blasio said.
"I have no doubt about this that this race will get closer and closer over the next two weeks," Lhota said.
With a lot of ground to cover, Lhota said he is undeterred. In fact, in Flushing on Thursday, he didn't hold back.
"Bill de Blasio is essentially a political hack who has no plans for the future, doesn't know what you need to do to negotiate, doesn't know what you need to do when it comes to developing plans and have alternative approaches," Lhota said.
"I've offered exceedingly clear and specific plans for this city," de Blasio said.
De Blasio was out with his first ad of the general election on Thursday, taking snippets of his victory speech from primary night. It doesn't mention Lhota once.
According to the latest poll, one-third of New Yorkers don't know enough about Lhota to form an opinion about him. In Flushing on Thursday, Lhota said that with a month left to go, it's not too late to be introducing himself.
"My opponent keeps saying things about me that are absolutely incorrect," Lhota said. "I need to correct that."
Meanwhile, in his official capacity as public advocate, de Blasio's office filed court papers against a new super PAC looking to boost Lhota's candidacy.
The super PAC has sued the state Board of Elections to invalidate the $150,000 contribution limit for independent groups.
De Blasio argues that removing the limit would allow wealthy individuals to have more of a say in city elections than New Yorkers.
Lhota has expressed support for the lawsuit, citing free speech.