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Bill de Blasio may already be wondering if there's a Starbucks near Gracie Mansion.

The latest Quinnipiac poll today shows de Blasio holding a massive 50-point lead over his Republican rival, Joe Lhota. De Blasio's lead cuts across every demographic group. Even New Yorkers who think the NYPD's stop-and-frisk tactic is "acceptable" prefer the Democratic de Blasio over the Republican Lhota – 52% to 41%.

So is it any wonder that the first half of Lhota's new ad talks about how the two candidates are identical on social issues?

De Blasio today released his own ad that features footage from his feel-good primary night speech – which very much sounds like an inaugural address.

Hedge fund managers are trying to jump on the bandwagon, too. A sign that some on Wall Street are no longer circling the wagons and instead surrendering to the Public Advocate could be seen at the Yale Club yesterday morning – where de Blasio held a fundraiser with some wealthy New Yorkers who are likely currently enjoying their tale of the city.

Meanwhile, de Blasio's team is reportedly reaching out to Democratic powerbrokers to help assemble a new administration. The veteran hands include: John Banks, Norman Steisel, Sid Davidoff, and Peter Madonia.

It's up to Lhota to keep the transition from slowing down this transition planning – and right now he's serving little more than a speed bump.

Bob Hardt

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