Gone unnoticed in Tuesday’s Quinnipiac poll of likely voters was the race for mayor on the Republican side. Former deputy mayor and former MTA chairman, Joe Lhota is still the favorite to win the GOP primaries with 43 percent of likely primary voters. Yet, his lead over his main rival, Billionaire John Catsimatidis shrank to 6 points, well within the margin of error which is at 9.4%, according to the Quinnipiac poll released today.
While John Catsimatidis has increased his support by 2 points to 37 percent, compared to 35 in July, Mr. Lhota’s support dropped from 49 percent in July to 43%. George McDonald is in third place with 9%.
“Today’s Quinnipiac Poll makes one thing crystal clear; Joe Lhota is slipping in the polls and the Republican Primary has become a horse race,” Mr. Catsimatidis’s spokesperson wrote in a statement. “John Catsimatidis’ message of supporting the NYPD, fighting for good schools and standing up for small business and New York’s beleaguered middle class is resonating with the voters in all five boroughs. New Yorkers realize he has the vision and leadership skills this city needs and though he’s tough, he also has a heart. John Catsimatidis will be the Republican nominee for Mayor.”
The Lhota campaign declined to comment.
(Jacob Kornbluh- YWN)