The competitiveness of a race is, to some degree, a subjective notion, one which operatives on both sides try to manipulate.
Case in point: Bloomberg’s spokesman Howard Wolfson and today’s Marist poll.
Here’s Wolfson on the poll results: “We continue to be pleased with a double-digit lead over both of our opponents and the fact that a large majority of New Yorkers approve of the mayor’s leadership.
“We look forward to watching this competitive Democratic primary with interest.”
That “competitive primary” between Thompson and Avella is not so close. In a head-to-head match-up, Thompson leads Avella 47 to 18.
Which is considerably less close than the head-to-head match-up between Bloomberg and Thompson: Bloomberg leads 48 to 35.