NEW YORK (PIX11) – Two years after Anthony Weiner’s resignation from Congress because of a sexting scandal, he’s back and is now the front-runner of the Democratic Mayoral race, according to a new poll.
Weiner has taken the lead with 25 percent to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s 20, according to the NBC New York/Marist poll. Just a few months ago Quinn was in the lead 24- to-19 percent. The percentage of voters who said they’d consider voting for Weiner went up nine percent and the percentage of voters who said they wouldn’t consider Weiner went down seven percent.
The contenders follow behind with former Comptroller Bill Thompson at 13 percent, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio with 10 percent, Comptroller John Liu at eight percent, Staten Island minister Erick Salgado at two percent and former City Councilman Sal Albanese at 1 percent.
Quinn, who holds the highest political position of all the candidates, registers a good impression with only 57 percent of voters polled, down from 60. Her negative ratings have also gone up from 26 to 29 percent.
“We fully expect the polls to fluctuate throughout the campaign, but we are confident that on Election Day when voters have to decide who they want to lead this city, they will choose someone who has demonstrated the ability to lead and deliver.” Quinn spokesman Mike Morey told NBC New York.
Weiner, on the other hand has boosted in favor of the Democratic party from 44 percent to 52 percent, with his negative rating dropping from 44 percent to 36 percent.
Weiner is ahead of Quinn in three of the five boroughs. They are tied in the Bronx but Quinn has the lead in Weiner’s hometown of Manhattan.
It is believed that the September 10th is likely to be a battle between the top two candidates.