A new poll released Wednesday indicates New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn holds a solid lead among Democrats in the city's mayoral race next year. Quinn, who has yet to announce an official bid but is expected to run, has the support of 32% of registered Democrats in the potentially crowded primary, while other likely candidates fall behind with 10% or less of the vote, according to the Quinnipiac University survey. "The race for the White House is over and it's time to look at the New York City mayoral race, where the possibly decisive Democratic primary could be as early as June," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "The morning line? City Council Speaker Christine Quinn leaves the other Democratic contenders in the dust." Elected speaker in 2006 and having served in the City Council since 1999, Quinn is known for cracking down on hate crime and working with Mayor Michael Bloomberg to negotiate a balanced budget. The Quinnipiac survey shows Quinn with a high approval rating of 65%–higher than that of Bloomberg-while 18% disapproved.
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