City Hall Horse Race: Primary Hangover Edition

With fall upon us, Politicker plans to begin keeping score on how the top Democratic contenders for Gracie Mansion have been performing as the shadow campaign to replace term-limited Mayor Michael Bloomberg heats up.

Below you can find our ranking of who’s up and who’s down after a week of primary fights that many of the candidates jumped into. Note that is is only relative to where they stood in recent weeks, and is not an assessment of the likelihood that they will win, as that list–where Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former Comptroller Billy Thompson would be on top during these summer doldrums barring surprise developments–would be far less esoteric and far more boring!

Without further ado:



Bill de Blasio did pretty well overall on election night, backing several winners, including Adriano Espaillat (Latinos are a swing vote in the 2013 race). Notably, Mr. de Blasio’s friends in the Working Families Party also won strong victories in Queens and across the board.




Billy Thomspon backed a lot of the same candidates as Mr. de Blasio, but he can also smile at the strong performance of the “Zali” Satmar sect, which turned out against Lincoln Restler and will do so again for the Thompson-friendly Brooklyn establishment in 2013.




Scott Stringer joined Mr. Thompson and Mr. de Blasio in endorsing Mr. Espaillat as well as Walter Mosley’s very successful State Assembly campaign. Overall, he had a very nice night, only missing, like Mr. de Blasio, with Mr. Restler.




The Christine Quinn-friendly Queens establishment had a mixed night with their loss to Nily Rozic. However, Ms. Quinn recently scored ample opportunities to raise her national profile at the Democratic National Convention, which can only increase her name recognition.




John Liu helped State Senator Toby Stavisky and assembly candidate Ron Kim secure victories. However, his support didn’t help Jerry Iannece defeat Ms. Rozic in a the majority-Asian district that contains some of Mr. Liu’s home turf from his days in the City Council.




Recent reports that Manhattan Media CEO Tom Allon is placing the company up for sale created some uncertainty about his flagship business. On the other hand, it may free his newspapers from concern about potential conflicts of interest in their political coverage.