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Ray Kelly tops a list of mayoral candidates

He could rule New York City — if only he wanted to.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly leads the pack of 2013 mayoral candidates, according to a Quinnipiac poll released yesterday.

Kelly, who became commissioner in 1992, garnered 23 percent of New Yorkers’ support.

“Everybody talks about Ray Kelly,” Mickey Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, told Metro. “I don’t think he’s going to run, and I think if you ask him, he’ll say he’s not going to run. But there it is, people like him.”

Kelly impressed New Yorkers, Carroll said, by keeping crime levels low and seeming approachable. For example, his sadness was palpable when he announced the death of 9-year-old Leiby Kletzky earlier this month.

But Fordham political science professor Christina Greer said 2013 is a long way off. “That could just be the shock bump, where it’s the first time they’ve seen a new name,” she said. “It’s so early.”

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