NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Former MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota wants to be mayor of New York City, but a new poll might have him taking pause.

At 23 percent in the latest Quinnipiac University poll, Lhota would handily beat all other Republican challengers for the nomination.

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Lhota is followed by businessman John Catsimatidis with 9 percent, newspaper publisher Tom Allon with 5 percent, former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion with 3 percent, and Doe Fund founder George McDonald with 2 percent.

But the good news for him could stop there, according to Quinnipiac’s Maurice Carroll.

“Lhota wins the Republican primary easily. Quinn wins the Democratic primary easily, and then she – Quinn – beats Lhota in the general election,” Carroll told WCBS 880 reporter Rich Lamb.

In fact, right now, Quinnipiac finds City Council Speaker Christine Quinn would best Lhota by a convincing 62 to 17 percent.

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In the Democratic field, she leads with 35 percent. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has 11 percent, former City Comptroller William Thompson has 10 percent, and Comptroller John Liu has 9 percent.

The poll said that both de Blasio and Thompson would also beat Lhota in the general election, 57-17 and 55-19 respectively.

LINK: Detailed Poll Results

But Carroll cautioned that it’s January and it’s still very early.

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