NEW YORK - The man behind an amNewYork-News 12 poll is predicting a runoff election for the Democratic side of the race for New York City mayor.

According to pollster Mike Berland, it will be a "battle royale" between Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who has surged ahead of the competition, and former comptroller Bill Thompson, who is now in second.

A new Quinnipiac poll shows de Blasio with more than the 40 percent of voter support needed to move on to the General Election, but Berland doesn’t think it will be that easy. The amNewYork-News12 poll gives de Blasio support from 29 percent of likely voters, and Thompson with a close 24 percent.

Berland also told News 12 that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has lost momentum, slipping to a distant third in the polls.

On the Republican side, former MTA chairman Joe Lhota has a double-digit lead over his closest opponent, John Catsimatidis.

With the primaries less than a week away, Berland says voters are now fully engaged in the race, and thinks excitement is at least one thing voters can agree on.