Frontrunner in Mayor's Race Is ... Not Weiner

Christine Quinn retakes the lead, by a lot

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 25, 2013 2:59 PM CDT

(Newser) – Have New Yorkers had enough? In a Marist poll last month, Anthony Weiner claimed frontrunner status in the race for New York City mayor by 5 points over Christine Quinn. This week's revelations have caused a 14-point swing: She's now in front with 25% to his 16%, reports Marist. Two others are tied for third, just 2 points back of Weiner. And another comeback looks daunting: Most respondents (55%) now have an unfavorable opinion of Weiner.

On top of that, Weiner admits that the woman who came forward this week isn't the only recipient of his lewd texts since he resigned from Congress in 2011, reports CNN. He seems to have lost track, however: "I don't believe I had any more than three," he said, when pressed for an answer during a news conference. And the overall number, pre- and post-resignation? "It's not dozens and dozens. It's six to 10, I suppose, but I can't tell you absolutely what people are going to consider inappropriate or not."

Anthony Weiner speaks during a news conference Thursday in New York.
Anthony Weiner speaks during a news conference Thursday in New York.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
A file photo of New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. She's the new frontrunner.
A file photo of New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. She's the new frontrunner.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
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