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NEW YORK (AP) The Daily News is endorsing Christine Quinn, saying she's the Democratic primary candidate best qualified to lead New York as mayor over the next four years.

The newspaper (http://nydn.us/13HlyGK ) said the City Council speaker "combines the clearest understanding of the difficulties facing the city with the most extensive record of getting things done."

The comments were posted on the newspaper's website Wednesday night.

Quinn is trying to be the city's first female and openly gay mayor.

Polls show she's in a near dead-heat with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) and former comptroller Bill Thompson.

Ex-congressman Anthony Weiner (WEE'-nur), a former front runner whose support collapsed after his latest sexting scandal, is in fourth. He is trailed by Comptroller John Liu (loo).