New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has reclaimed her lead over former Congressman Anthony Weiner in the city’s mayoral race, according to the first poll since new details emerged about Weiner’s explicit chats with women he met online.
Less than two months ahead of the September 10 Democratic primary, Quinn leads her rivals with 25 percent of the vote among Democrats, with Weiner trailing her by nine percentage points, according to the NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll.
Weiner, who led the field with 25 percent in June, has fallen to 16 percent.
New York Democrats were closely divided on the question of whether Weiner should stay in the race, with 43 percent saying he should bow out and 47 percent saying he should stay in.
The telephone survey of 551 city Democrats had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percent.