2005-09-09 / Community

Runoff Possibility Grows In Dem Mayoral Primary

By Howard Schwach

Congressman Anthony Weiner in Broad Channel on Wednesday, campaigning for Mayor.Congressman Anthony Weiner in Broad Channel on Wednesday, campaigning for Mayor. With only four days to go until the Democratic primary election to choose the party’s candidate for mayor, the possibility grows that front-runner Fernando Ferrer will not get the requisite 40 percent of the vote to win outright and that a run-off election will be necessary on Tuesday, September 27 to finally pick the person who will run against Mayor Michael Bloomberg in November.

The highly-respected and usually-accurate Quinnipiac University Poll released on Wednesday shows that Ferrer still leads the pack with 32 percent, far short of the 40 percent he needs to win outright. Weiner has moved strongly into second with 21 percent, with Gifford Miller dropping to 17 percent and C. Virginia Fields to 13 percent.

“I just need a chance to face Ferrer in a runoff and then debate with him and I think that I can win,” Weiner told a Wave editor during a campaign stop in Broad Channel. “I think now that the chances of that happening are good.”

The poll shows that fifteen percent of Democratic voters are still undecided and it is those voters who could still swing the primary for any of the candidates.

A local political expert, who asked not to be identified, said that it is hard to predict who would win the runoff primary between Ferrer and Weiner.

“My guess is that it would depend on the Miller voters and where they would go once their candidate is out of the race,” the elected official said. “If they go to Weiner, as I would expect they would, that would give him a solid 40 percent, while if those same voters went to Ferrer, it would be all over for Weiner. Where will the voters in the Fields camp go? That could well be the $64 dollar question.”

The Wave recently endorsed Weiner in the September 13 primary election.

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