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A new poll released Wednesday shows New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn continues to gain steam in the Democratic primary for mayor.

Quinnipiac University found that 37 percent of Democratic voters surveyed said they would support Quinn, putting her well ahead of Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (14 percent), former Democratic mayoral candidate William Thompson (11) and City Comptroller John Liu (9).

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A candidate must top 40 percent in the primary to avoid a runoff.

Quinnipiac surveyed 1,017 New York City voters from Feb. 20 to Feb. 25. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Quinnipiac said city voters know very little about the Republican candidates: publisher Tom Allon, former Bronx Borough president Adolfo Carrion, grocery magnate John Catsimatidis, former MTA chief executive Joe Lhota and Doe Fund founder George McDonald. The percentage of voters who said they don't know enough about the GOP candidates to form an opinion ranged from 66 percent to 93 percent.