Early exit polls are suggesting NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is in the lead among the top three contenders for the Democratic nominee for mayor. Meanwhile, in the second most high-profile race, Scott Stringer is leading former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer for New York City comptroller.
Perhaps most surprisngly, de Blasio appears to be beating near-second candidate former Comptroller Bill Thompson in the black vote. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn appears to have seen her flame wane, coming in a distant third in the overall vote.
Keep in mind these are exit polls, not final results, and the vote may swing significantly.
Carolyn Ryan of the New York Times tweeted the following:
JUST IN: More exit polls just came in from afternoon: Trend holds: de Blasio still 43, Thompson 25, and Quinn 18. #nyc2013— carolynryan (@carolynryan) September 11, 2013
BREAKING: Bill de Blasio drawing 46 percent of black votes to Thompson's 38 percent, early exit polls show. Wow. #nyc2013— carolynryan (@carolynryan) September 11, 2013
BREAKING: Stringer leading Spitzer 53 to 47 percent, thanks to women, older voters and white voters. #nyc2013— carolynryan (@carolynryan) September 11, 2013
BREAKING: Bill de Blasio 43, Thompson 23, and Quinn 18 in exit polls. #nyc2013— carolynryan (@carolynryan) September 11, 2013
More data from the New York Times. De Blasio is dominating in every gender, age, and ethnic group:
He's dominating Christine Quinn in the LGBT vote, a key demographic the City Council speaker needed to secure a runoff spot:
Being the most ardently anti-stop-and-frisk candidate also appears to be paying off big time:
And finally, he's dominating in every racial group but black men and non-black, white, or Hispanic voters (kudos to John Liu for an extremely strong showing in that last category):