City Council Speaker Predicts She'll Make Runoff

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Christine Quinn says she never believed the polls when she was considered the front-runner, and she doesn’t believe them now that they show her in danger of missing the Democratic mayoral runoff.

Campaigning in the Bronx on Thursday, the City Council speaker was shaking hands, handing out pamphlets and underlining how important the final days before Tuesday’s primary are, WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported.

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“I’ve been out here every day,” she said. “Cuts close to 24 hours a day as you possibly can, with a little sleep, and I’m fighting till the end.”

Quinn said the response she’s getting on the campaign trail does not match what recent polls indicate — that her support is waning. A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday showed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio with 43 percent of the vote among likely Democratic voters, while former city Comptroller Bill Thompson had 20 percent, and Quinn had 18 percent. Any candidate who receives 40 percent of the vote in the primary could avoid a runoff.

Quinn said polls are “often very inaccurate.”

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“I’m really confident that we’re going to keep fighting, and on Tuesday we’re going to end up in the runoff and then win the runoff,” she said. “The response I’ve been getting from the South Bronx to Long Island City to Bushwick and Williamsburg to Forest Hills has just been amazing. And more and more, particularly women, (are) stopping and saying this is a moment to make history.”

Quinn would be the city’s first female mayor.

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