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De Blasio, Stringer Maintain Leads In Latest Poll

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With less than a day to go before the primary, a new poll out Monday shows Bill de Blasio still holds a commanding lead over his rivals in the mayor's race.

The Quinnipiac University survey says 39 percent of likely Democratic primary voters support de Blasio, just shy of the 40 percent needed to avoid a runoff.

Former City Comptroller Bill Thompson is second with 25 percent and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is third with 18 percent.

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner gets six percent and current comptroller John Liu gets four percent.

Eight percent are undecided.

While campaigning Monday de Blasio took shots at his rival over school reform.

"Bill Thompson has only been willing to offer Band-Aids and small ideas and I'm offering a big bold necessary idea," said De Blasio. "We're not going to serve our children if we just work around the edges here. There's thousands and thousands of kids who aren't being served by this school system right now."

According to the polls, Thompson and Quinn are battling for second place.

Thompson on Monday was stumping in Flatbush while Quinn was in Jackson Heights.

Both were trying to downplay the polls.

"At a certain point these tend to be a little nonsensical so as I said that's why I just urge everyone to come out and vote," Thompson said.

"Almost everybody who's in the top three right now have been in every position you can be in - tied for second, third, first, whatever. I always knew the polls would move around, that they would change, that the polls were largely about name recognition," Quinn said.

In the city comptroller's race, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is leading former governor Eliot Spitzer 50 percent to 43 percent.

Several recent polls had shown the race to be a dead heat.

The survey of 782 likely Democratic primary voters was taken between September 6th and 8th.

It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Meanwhile, there are a host of other hotly contested primaries in the city Tuesday.

Former MTA Chairman Joe Lhota is facing off against John Catsimatidis and George McDonald in the Republican primary for mayor.

Lhota has been leading in the polls with Catsimatidis his closest rival.

Five Democrats are vying to fill Bill de Blasio's shoes as the city's Public Advocate. They are State Senator Daniel Squadron, City Councilwoman Letitia James, former Deputy Public Advocate Reshma Saujani, educator Cathy Guerriero, and Sidique Wai who works for the Police Department.

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. is running against former City Councilwoman Melinda Katz for the Democratic nomination for Queens Borough President.

State Senator Tony Avella will also be on the ballot, but he suspended his campaign.

It's also a crowded campaign to replace Scott Stringer as Manhattan Borough President. It includes Council members Robert Jackson, Gale Brewer, Jessica Lappin and former Lower Manhattan Community Board Chairwoman Julie Menin.

In Brooklyn, six-term incumbent District Attorney Charles Hynes is facing a stiff challenge from former federal prosecutor and lawyer Ken Thompson.

There are also a large number of City Council seats up for grabs in primaries spanning all five boroughs. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP