Who is vying to replace NYC's Bloomberg in 2013?

By SAMANTHA GROSS

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's 2013 mayoral race doesn't fully kick off until after voters are done picking a president. But some of the city's top political players are already jockeying for position to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Political analysts warn it's too early to make any assumptions about the race. At this point in the 2001 contest, no one considered Bloomberg a likely prospect.

If no one unexpected jumps in, this could be an old-school race, filled with political veterans who have paid their dues the traditional way — working their way up the hard-scrabble ladder of New York City politics.

Among the likely contenders are City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, ex-Comptroller William Thompson Jr., Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Comptroller John Liu.

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