NEW YORK - The latest Quinnipiac poll shows that Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has surged ahead among Democrats in next Tuesday’s primary election.

The poll shows that de Blasio has the support of 43 percent of likely Democratic voters.

Former City Comptroller Bill Thompson placed second with 20 percent of the votes, followed by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn with 18 percent.

A candidate needs more than 40 percent of the votes in the primary to avoid a runoff.