New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn leads among Democrats in the city's upcoming mayoral race, a new poll found.

The Quinnipiac University poll released last week found that Quinn holds a solid lead among registered Democrats, 32 percent of whom said she should be the candidate.

Quinn's closest rival for the Democratic nomination is former City Comptroller William Thompson with 10 percent. Public advocate Bill de Blasio received 9 percent and City Comptroller John Liu 5 percent.

“Okay, the race for the White House is over and it's time to look at the New York City mayoral race, where the possibly decisive Democratic primary could be as early as June. The morning line? City Council Speaker Christine Quinn leaves the other Democratic contenders in the dust," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

If elected next year, Quinn, who married her longtime partner, lawyer Kim Catullo, in May, would become the city's first openly gay mayor. And the first legally married, openly gay politicians to lead a major U.S. city.

(Source: Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.)