According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is poised to win the mayoral contest in a blowout and give the Democratic Party control of city hall for the first time since Rudolph W. Giuliani took office on January 1st, 1994.

There are yawning racial gaps on many issues as Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, the Democratic candidate for New York City mayor, leads Republican candidate Joe Lhota on every measure except taxes and has a commanding 66 – 25 percent lead among likely voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll completed last night and released today.

Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrion gets 2 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

De Blasio leads 52 – 40 percent among white voters, 90 – 3 percent among black voters and 68 – 18 percent among Hispanic voters. He leads 63 – 29 percent among men and 69 – 21 percent among women and has leads of 30 percent or higher among every income, education and age group.

Lhota’s only lead is among Republicans, 79 – 15 percent, while de Blasio leads 82 – 11 percent among Democrats and 53 – 36 percent among independent voters.

Last week, the New York Times ran a piece on de Blasio that I found somewhat amusing.

They are startled and unsure how to react. “Terrifying,” is how one banker put it.

Many in New York’s business and financial elite, stung by the abrupt ascent of Bill de Blasio, an unapologetic tax-the-rich liberal, are fixated on a single question: What are we going to do?

The angst, emanating from charity galas and Park Avenue dinner tables, has created an unexpected political opening for Joseph J. Lhota, the Republican nominee, whose once-sleepy candidacy is now viewed by players in both parties as their last, best hope for salvaging the business-friendly government of the Bloomberg era.

Oh, the humanity, who will relieve the angst felt at charity galas and Park Avenue dinner tables? What are those people going to do?

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