NEW YORK — There is a clear frontrunner in the Democratic race for mayor.
According to an exclusive Spectrum News NY1/Ipsos poll released Monday, Eric Adams is leading the pack with 22%, well ahead of closest rivals Andrew Yang and Kathryn Garcia.
But campaigning in Queens on Monday, Adams said he was not relaxing.
“I don’t watch the polls. I don’t allow my team to talk to me about the polls,” he said. “I want to stay hungry and determined.”
“At this stage, the only poll we’re concerned with is the early vote that’s going to start in five days,” Yang said.
Fighting to regain the top spot, Yang is now facing criticism from a new source. On Monday, NYCLASS, an animal rights group instrumental in derailing Christine Quinn’s candidacy in 2013, put out a new ad aimed squarely at Yang:
“He’s a prep school millionaire whose business career mostly failed,” a narrator says in the ad.
“I understand that this is a group that is very, very tightly aligned with Mayor de Blasio,” Yang said about NYCLASS. “This is a sign of why we have to turn the page from politics as usual.”
In 2013, de Blasio's candidacy was elevated, in part, by the NYCLASS attacks on Quinn and he promised to act on their signature issue in the process: banning horse carriages.
The Yang campaign claimed Adams was attempting a similar play.
“The conversation about the horses — we are going to sit down and figure out the humane way of dealing with this issue,” Adams said.
Meanwhile in the Bronx, Maya Wiley, coming off a big endorsement by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, campaigned with another congressman, Rep. Jamaal Bowman and went after Adams over his plans for the NYPD.
“I want to talk about what fear looks like,” Wiley said. “It looks like any candidate for office that says we should go backwards to something that did not work for Black communities.”
This is the time for candidates to try to coalesce their supporters and really hold onto any momentum they have with early voting starting Saturday.
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