Hard-won Republican Label Hurts Bloomberg

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The GOP endorsement and prominent ballot line that Mayor Bloomberg spent so much time and money securing may also be weighing down his numbers, a new Quinnipiac poll shows. Bloomberg's lead over Comptroller Bill Thompson (who most people still aren't sure is a real person) has shrunk to just 10 points from 22 points a month ago. So what changed in a month? This time, Bloomberg was identified as "running as both a Republican and an Independent," as opposed to just as an Independent. Support for the Naked Cowboy was not polled. [Quinnipiac]