Christine Quinn, on the threshold

Briefing: Quinn. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows City Council Speaker Christine Quinn near the 40 percent threshold in the Democratic primary needed to avoid a run-off with the second-place finisher.

Quinn is at 37 percent among Democratic voters, a 2 percentage-point jump since the last Quinnipiac poll in January. The biggest movement in the poll was toward Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who increased 3 percentage points to 14 percent, compared to former city comptroller Bill Thompson, who is at 11 percent, an increase of 2 percentage points from the last poll.

All those changes are within the poll's margin of error, which is 3.1 percent.

City Comptroller John Liu held steady at 9 percent. Former councilman Sal Albanese wasn't mentioned.

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