Bill de Blasio Also Crushing Joe Lhota When It Comes to Fund-raising

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Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio (L) laughs with Christine Quinn (2nd R), New York City Council Speaker and former mayoral hopeful, at a news conference where Quinn endorsed de Blasio outside City Hall on September 17, 2013 in New York City. De Blasio will face Republican Joseph Lhota in the general mayoral election November 5, 2013, with the winner succeeding current Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Though de Blasio and his Republican opponent collected almost the same amount of money in the five days after the primary ($153,000 and $156,000, respectively), de Blasio really started raking it in when a September 19 poll said he was ahead by 40 points. During the last two weeks of the month, he raised $635,000, according to reports released by New York City's Campaign Finance Board. Lhota brought in $280,000 during the same period. Since then, de Blasio's lead has jumped to 50 points, which probably means even more cash in October.