De Blasio grows his lead, as Lhota advertises their similarities

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Bill de Blasio's big lead is getting bigger.

De Blasio, the Democratic mayoral nominee, came out of the primary with a 41-point lead over his Republican opponent, Joe Lhota, and it's now swelled to a 50-point advantage, according to a poll of likely voters released by Quinnipiac University today. The Independence Party nominee, Adolfo Carrion, is at two percent, unchanged from Quinnipiac's earlier poll on September 19.

De Blasio leads Lhota across every cross-section of voters in this morning's poll, including those making more than $100,000 annually, (65 to 31 percent), and those who say the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policies are "acceptable" (52 to 41 percent).

About a third of voters say they have an unfavorable view of Lhota, roughly the same number who say they don't know enough about him to form an opinion. De Blasio is known by more people, and liked by more of them too.

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Carrion, the former Bronx borough president, is struggling for recognition: 73 percent said they don't know enough about him to form an opinion.

De Blasio's big lead may explain why Lhota's first television ad of the general election mentions de Blasio several times, and stresses the two candidates aren't that different on some social issues. It may also explain why de Blasio's first TV ad of the general election ignores Lhota all together.

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"Andrew Cuomo needs to get reelected and Bill de Blasio needs a tax increase in an election year." — Hank Sheinkopf

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"Governor Cuomo is in Onondaga County and New York City."

7:30 a.m. Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio appears on 1010 Wins. [CBS] @DeBlasioNYC @1010WinsNewYork

8:10 a.m. Republican mayoral nominee Joe Lhota will appear on Good Day New York. [Fox]

@JoeLhota4Mayor @MyFoxNY

10 a.m. New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott speaks at the Learning Leaders Back-to-School opening meeting, at the NYU-Kimmel Center, at 60 Washington Square South, in Manhattan. @NYCschools

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7 p.m. On "The Road to City Hall": De Blasio. [NY1] @RoadToCityHall @DeBlasioNYC #NYC2013

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8 p.m. Liu attends the Democratic Organization of Flushing's monthly meeting, at the Rosenthal Senior Center, at 45-25 Kissena Boulevard in Flushing, in Queens.@JohnLiu2013

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