Democratic mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio speaks at a candidate forum in New York, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013.
A new poll finds Bill de Blasio is the apparent new front-runner in the Democratic primary for New York City mayor.
De Blasio, the city's public advocate, is the choice of 30 percent of likely Democratic voters surveyed by Quinnipiac University.
This is the first time de Blasio has topped a poll in this campaign. He had a slight lead over past former front-runner Christine Quinn, who had 24 percent, and ex-comptroller Bill Thompson, who was statistically tied for second place with 22 percent.
The poll surveyed 579 likely Democratic primary voters. It has a margin of error of 4.1 percentage points.