Q Poll: Quinn Has Edge in NYC Mayor's Race Without Kelly
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has a slight edge among Democrats in her bid to become the Big Apple's first female mayor in 2013 -- if NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly does not run -- according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released early Thursday.
Asked which candidate New York City voters would like to see as their next mayor, 24 percent say Kelly, while 18 percent choose Quinn, who would also become the city's first openly gay mayor, if elected. Thirteen percent prefer Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, and 7 percent choose former City Comptroller Bill Thompson, the Democratic nominee in 2009. Seven percent also favor embattled City Comptroller John Liu, with 6 percent for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, and 5 percent for Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.
Among registered Democrats -- the primary will be restricted only to those registered with the party -- Quinn leads with 21 percent of the vote, followed by Kelly and Markowitz, who are tied with 16 percent each. Thompson earned the support of 10 percent of Democrats.
When those who supported Kelly in the initial ballot are reallocated according to their second choices, Quinn leads with 23 percent of the vote (25 percent of Democrats). Markowitz is second with 16 percent (18 percent of Democrats).
In endorsing Quinn earlier this week, former Democratic Mayor Ed Koch said he had urged Kelly to run, but Kelly told him he would not be pursuing a mayoral bid.