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Weiner Collapse Sends De Blasio Into NYC Mayor Race Lead

Josh Barro

A new Quinnipiac poll has Public Advocate Bill De Blasio surging into the lead in New York's Democratic mayoral primary.

Support for former Rep. Anthony Weiner has collapsed to 10% from 26% three weeks ago. And all of Weiner's loss has been De Blasio's gain: His support has doubled from 15% to 30%.

The other two major candidates, Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former Comptroller Bill Thompson, have seen their support stay steady in the low 20s.

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Business Insider / data from Quinnipiac University

De Blasio also leads all of his potential opponents in runoff matchups by at least nine points (a runoff is required if no candidate gets 40% of the vote in the primary). Quinnipiac also found that Thompson leads Quinn by 10 points in a runoff between those two candidates.

De Blasio has made his call to reform and reduce the New York Police Department's use of "stop and frisk" policing tactics a centerpiece of his campaign, and a court decision this week forcing the department to drastically change the practice has raised the issue's profile in the race.

The primary election will be held on Sept. 10.

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