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Poll: Quinn leads NYC Democratic mayoral pack

NEW YORK (AP) — A new poll finds New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has a big lead in a Democratic primary for mayor.

The Quinnipiac University poll shows Quinn could get 35 percent of the vote. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has 11 percent. He's followed by 10 percent for former City Comptroller William Thompson and 9 percent for Comptroller John Liu . Former MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota (LOH'-tuh) leads among Republicans, with 23 percent. The biggest share goes to undecided, with 53 percent. Lhota is followed by businessman John Catsimatidis, with 9 percent. Quinnipiac surveyed 1,332 New York City voters Jan. 8 to 14. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.7 (2-point-7) percentage points.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.