Anthony Weiner gaining in NYC mayoral race

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The former congressman leads his opponent, trails Council Speaker Christine Quinn, 27% to 18% in the New York City mayoral race.
The former congressman leads his opponent, trails Council Speaker Christine Quinn, 27% to 18% in the New York City mayoral race.
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Just a week after announcing his run, a new poll finds Anthony Weiner making significant gains in New York City’s mayoral race.

The former U.S. Congressman is still trailing City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in a new Marist poll but he’s cut her lead to within five points—a four point jump since April.

Weiner resigned from Congress after a sexting scandal two years ago. He announced his candidacy last week and some feel he has a real chance of winning.

“I’m not predicting a Weiner victory but I think it’s possible,” said Blake Zeff, politics editor for Salon.com. “His strengths are more important than people realize and his challenges aren’t as insurmountable as some would think. He has a lot of charisma and a real zest for campaigning.”

Watch the entire interview with Salon.com Politics Editor Blake Zeff

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Anthony Weiner gaining in NYC mayoral race

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