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Diminutive Billionaire Tough to Dislodge From Office

Usually in the first year after a presidential election, there are three races worth watching: the Virginia gubernatorial race, the New Jersey gubernatorial race, and the New York City mayor’s race. Sometimes they can be early indicators, as in 1993 with the GOP sweep of George Allen, Christie Whitman and Rudy Giuliani, or in 2005, with the Democratic semi-sweep of Jon Corzine and Tim Kaine and the reelection of the then-increasingly-less-Republican Mike Bloomberg.

With Bloomberg running for a third term as an independent, and with his virtually unlimited financial resources, the mayor’s race hasn’t generated as much buzz this year. This morning, Quinnipiac confirms what’s been suspected — even if New Yorkers don’t love Bloomberg, they’re likely to keep him around another four years.

Bloomberg tops Democrat New York City Comptroller William Thompson 49 percent to 35 percent. He beats Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner 46  percent to 36 percent.

“New Yorkers don’t warm up to Mayor Mike, but they give him high marks for doing his job.   And they prefer him to either of the Brooklyn guys who say they want his job – Comptroller William Thompson, who’s still in the race, and U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who’s backing down, but catching up to Bloomberg,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.  “Voters split almost evenly on whether the Mayor is too rich to understand the common folk.  But by a 62 – 31 percent margin, they have a favorable opinion of him, while most voters know very little about those other two guys who may want to take him on.”

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