Republican candidates for mayor of New York Joe Lhota, left, and John Catsimatidis participate in a debate, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 in New York. The primary is Tuesday, Sept. 10 and the general election is Nov. 5. (AP Photo/Wall Street Journal, Andrew Hinderaker, Pool)
NEW YORK (AP) - The top two Republican candidates for New York City mayor are facing each other one last time before the party primary in an at-times testy debate.
Ex-MTA chairman Joe Lhota and billionaire grocery store magnate John Catsimatidis met in Sunday's debate and touched on topics including the New York Police Department's policies and each other's strengths and weaknesses.
Polls show Lhota with a consistent lead going into the debate. But Catsimatidis has blanketed the airwaves with ads, and a strong debate performance could affect the outcome of the primary. Low Republican turnout is expected in the heavily Democratic city.
Among Democrats, Bill de Blasio has surged in the polls.
The general election is Nov. 5.
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