NEW YORK (AP) — The Democratic candidates for New York City mayor are set to square off for their final debate exactly one week before the primary.
Bill de Blasio enters the last debate as the clear front runner. Recent polls show him near the 40 percent threshold that will avoid a runoff.
But if no one eclipses that mark, the top two finishers in the Sept. 10 primary advance to a runoff three weeks later.
Recent polls say that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and ex-comptroller Bill Thompson are in a virtual tie for second. In the last debate, the two trained the majority of their attacks on de Blasio, not each other.
The trio will be joined onstage by ex-congressman Anthony Weiner and comptroller John Liu. Both have struggled in recent polls.