NEW YORK—One week ahead of the election, Independent Mayor Michael Bloomberg is far ahead in the polls, but Democratic Comptroller William Thompson has received an important endorsement from City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
The Democratic leader Quinn, who has supported Bloomberg in the past, stalled on making her choice in the election, surprising many by not immediately following the tradition of backing her fellow party member.
Incumbent Mayor Bloomberg, who has support from many other Democrats, has put a reported $85 million into his campaign and has recently gained backing from the publication Crain’s New York Business.
In a recent poll by Quinnipiac University, Bloomberg is significantly ahead with 53 percent of voters on his side, while Thompson has only 35 percent, with 10 percent of voters still undecided. The majority of Republican and Independent voters have selected Bloomberg in the polls but the Democratic votes are almost split down the middle with Bloomberg picking up 46 percent.
"It's been shaping up all along, and now the new numbers say it looks like a Bloomberg blow-out," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
The poll was done with over 1,000 voters and included citizens from all five boroughs.
The poll may be showing the stage is set for a potential landslide in Bloomberg’s favor. Of course, there is a chance, however slim, that with the new backing given to Thompson by Council Speaker Christine Quinn, undecided voters and those following the Democratic diehards may be swayed in Thompson’s direction.
Thompson’s campaign team has not thrown in the towel and is still hard at work covering the city’s streets with signs and posters. The campaign team has already received a citation with fines from the city’s Department of Sanitation for its excessive efforts. Bloomberg’s city workers have kept a close eye on Thompson’s campaign team and noted over 1,700 illegally placed posters that cost Thompson and his team $125,000, according to NY1 News.
More than 15 percent of voters polled over the weekend on both sides have said that they may change their stance before the campaigning is final.