Exit Polls: De Blasio, Stringer Lead NYC Primary

NEW YORK (AP) -

As we go to press, Bill de Blasio held a clear lead Tuesday night in New York City’s mayoral Democratic primary, according to exit polls. It was unclear, though, whether he would top the 40 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff.

Exit polls showed Bill Thompson, a former city comptroller, and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn competing for the other spot in a possible runoff. Anthony Weiner trailed behind.

If no candidate surpasses 40 percent of the vote, the top two finishers advance to an Oct. 1 runoff.

Exit polling was not available in the GOP race.

In the closely watched race for New York City comptroller, exit interviews show Manhattan Borough President Stringer running ahead of ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

De Blasio, 52, worked in Bill Clinton’s White House and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Senate campaign before being elected to the city council and then public advocate.

A fifth candidate, John Liu, trailed behind.

There was no exit polling for the GOPcandidates and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s race.