Quinn’s lead grows as the primary timeline shrinks

Briefing: Quinn. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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As we get deeper into primary season, and the mayoral contenders continue to increase their public profiles, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is leading her Democratic mayoral rivals by ... even more.

A NY1-Marist poll yesterday showed her as the choice of 37 percent of Democratic voters, which would be just shy of the 40 percent needed to avoid a run-off for the nomination.

She hasn't even declared her candidacy, and hasn't been subject to concerted negative attacks. So there's a long way to go.

But the Times is urging state lawmakers to move the primaries from September to June, and one Democratic fund-raiser said her opponents are running out of time to make their move. "This is the middle nearing the final stretch," wrote Darren Rigger.

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