Christine Quinn leads 2013 Democrats, who lead Joe Lhota

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Briefing: Sharpton and the Democratic candidates. (Azi Paybarah)
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Quinnipiac poll out this morning shows three major Democratic candidates for mayor beating Joe Lhota, the leading Republican mayoral candidate.

Those head-to-head matchups, between Lhota and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former comptroller Bill Thompson, aren't close.

The poll did not ask about a hypothetical match-up between Lhota and the current city comptroller, John Liu, whose campaign treasurer and fund-raiser are facing federal charges for skirting campaign finance laws.

Among Democrats, Quinn retains a double-digit lead over her likely rivals. Thirty-five percent of Democratic voters pick her for mayor, compared to 11 percent who pick de Blasio, 10 percent who pick former Thompson and 9 percent who picked Liu.

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Quinn has steadily risen in Quinnpiac polling, going from 26 percent percent in May to 35 percent today. The other candidates have basically held steady, including de Blasio, who got a short burst of attention when an old magazine essay written by his wife was rediscovered by the media. 

When asked if they have a favorable or unfavorable view of De Blaiso, Liu and Thompson, a majority of Democratic voters said they "haven't heard enough" to form an opinion. For Quinn, only 26 percent say they haven't heard enough. 

The poll also asked about former mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is supporting Lhota, and who remains a polarizing figure in the city. Giuliani's favorability rating among all voters is 48-43 percent. Among Democrats, it's 38-55; among independents, it's 55-37; among black voters, it's 32-62.

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