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NEW YORK — Bill de Blasio has gone from afterthought to front-runner with stunning speed.
The most liberal candidate in the New York City mayoral race, whose City Hall bid was floundering mere weeks ago, now enjoys a shocking perch atop the polls in the latest turn of the most unpredictable citywide campaign in decades.
And with the Democratic primary now less than a month away, de Blasio may have hit his stride at just the right time.
De Blasio, the city’s public advocate, has been given a second look by an electorate that appears intrigued by his progressive policies and charmed by his multiracial family. His first TV ad, narrated by his soft-spoken 15-year-old son, came out just before his rise in the polls.