New York to narrow down contenders to replace Bloomberg

New York to narrow down contenders to replace Bloomberg

NEW YORK CITY - New Yorkers on Tuesday will pick a Republican and a Democratic candidate who will battle it out in November to replace billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The Big Apple has been under the bold and brash leadership of its richest man for 12 years and, amid much soul-searching over Bloomberg's legacy, the man leading the polls is the one who is least like him.

The city is overwhelmingly Democratic - even though it has not elected a mayor from that party in two decades - and left-leaning Bill de Blasio, 52, has been firmly in the lead since mid-August.

He has progressively muscled out gay city council speaker Christine Quinn and sexting-scandal-tainted former congressman Anthony Weiner who both briefly held the top spot.

A Quinnipiac University poll on Monday said De Blasio would win with 39 percent if the primary election were held now.

Former city comptroller and the sole African American candidate Bill Thompson, is coming in second with 25 percent, ahead of Quinn with 18 percent.

New revelations about sexual messages Weiner sent to young women have obliterated his support to an estimated six percent of votes.

However the pollsters noted that a significant number of undecided voters could still change the figures.

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