Another poll released Thursday confirms the Democratic mayoral nomination is very much up in the air, with the top three contenders running neck-and-neck. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.
Earlier this week, the mayor's race got a jolt when a poll showed Bill de Blasio leapfrogging into the lead. Now, a Marist College/WNBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday seems to affirm the de Blasio surge, but has him tied with Christine Quinn at 24 percent among likely Democratic voters, with William Thompson not far behind at 18 percent and Anthony Weiner a distant fourth.
"Each day, there may be new polls, but it doesn't change the basic reality of this election," de Blasio said. "I think people are looking for change, and I'm the progressive candidate who can give them change."
De Blasio on Thursday continued to target Quinn, this time for the loss of after-school seats during her tenure as City Council Speaker.
Thompson, meanwhile, announced a plan offering special financing to taxi drivers seeking to buy a medallion. Both he and Quinn, making a national TV appearance, continued to downplay the polls.
"I always thought this would be a really tight race," Quinn said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
"It really is kind of an Abbott and Costello. There was a poll, you know, 'Who's on first, what’s on second' with all these polls. You saw a poll last week that told a completely different story," Thompson said. "I'm confident I'm going to be fine."
Anthony Weiner, meanwhile, who has received virtually no endorsements or institutional support of any kind in this race, trotted out perhaps his biggest supporter Thursday: his mother, Frances.
Frances Weiner, a schoolteacher for 31 years, joined Weiner outside his old high school, Brooklyn Tech, to talk his proposal for teacher training.
"Anthony's the one to do it. He's the problem solver, and I'm totally behind him," Frances Weiner said. "And all my friends who are teachers are behind him also."
Showing a politician's touch, Frances Weiner, who drew an even larger-than-usual media contingent to the event, neatly sidestepped any questions related to her son's sexting scandal.