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New York could get first lesbian mayor

2012-11-22 13:03

New York - New York's city council speaker retains a strong lead ahead of next year's election to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg - and to become the Big Apple's first lesbian mayor, a poll on Wednesday found.

Christine Quinn, aged 46, has consistently emerged as the frontrunner to replace Bloomberg at the end of his final third term.

The Quinnipiac poll found she would now get 32% of the Democratic primary vote, compared to just 10% for the next strongest contender, former mayoral candidate William Thompson.

New York is heavily Democratic and the potential Republican candidates would have little chance in a match-up today, the poll found.

Popular Metropolitan Transportation Authority chief Joseph Lhota, who has recently been touted as a possible candidate, would get just 9%, the poll found.

Bloomberg, a billionaire media entrepreneur who switched from Republican to independent, has been mayor since 2002.

Quinn, a close ally in the city council, took advantage of New York State's recent law allowing homosexual marriage by wedding her companion in May. She hasn't yet officially declared her widely expected mayoral bid.

The election takes place November 2013.

Comments
  • LanfearM - 2012-11-22 13:29

    Fantastic! See that Wisconsin also voted in their first openly gay senator and that Washington state has legalised gay marriage. Steps in the right direction!

      punkdrachel - 2012-11-22 13:49

      Woohooo! next: medical aid for cats! :) Kidding. This really is awesome.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-22 14:32

      Is this another Justin Bieber article?

  • janalbert.vandenberg - 2012-11-22 13:48

    You go girl! :-D

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-11-22 13:48

    What the hell difference does it make if she is a lesbian!!! Why brand her?

      hlengiwe.mnguni.54 - 2012-11-22 14:17

      There will come a time when this is unnecessary. But for now, unfortunately.....

  • mpathonhle.vandergwaz - 2012-11-22 14:11

    The article should read "Christine Quinn holds lead in New York mayor poll" but then again I probably wouldn't have read it :-)

      Desilusionada - 2012-11-22 14:30

      I agree, but it is not news anyway

  • nomcebo.k.kubheka.3 - 2012-11-22 15:09

    I really dont see why they have to say 'Lesbian'. 'Christine Quinn holds lead in New York mayor poll' wouldve done much justice, dont you think?

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