From Gotham Gazette:
...for Thompson, it's going to take a lot more than attending rallies. The latest Quinnipiac University poll numbers show Bloomberg beating Thompson 49 percent to 35 percent. Among African American voters, who many consider to be Thompson's base, only 44 percent know enough about the candidate to form an opinion. Only 28 percent of Democrats who know who Thompson is have a favorable opinion of him.
The mayor's approval rating, as of March, was at 64 percent. Even with increased property taxes and reduced services, a divisive term limits battle and a proposal to raise the sales tax, Bloomberg, say political observers, is practically unbeatable. He has already spent about $7.5 million, which is more than Thompson can spend for the entire primary if he participates in public financing.
From The Politicker:
Tony Avella, a councilman from Queens who is unknown to most New York voters, is delighted by the decreasingly ridiculous-sounding prospect of being the unchallenged Democratic nominee to take on Mike Bloomberg for mayor.
"The day Mike Bloomberg succeeded in overturning term limits, one of the political reporters called me and said, 'Do you realize there is a good possibility you'll be it, because you'll be the last person standing?'"
He laughed, before turning momentarily serious.
"I look forward to running against Mike Bloomberg," he said. "If there is no primary, that's all the better."