The Washington Times - June 26, 2013, 06:59AM

From disgraced former congressman to Hizzoner? A new poll puts former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, New York Democrat, at the front of the pack in the crowded race to be the Democratic nominee in New York City’s mayoral contest.

Mr. Weiner leads City Council Speaker Christine Quinn 25 percent to 20 percent among registered Democrats, according to the new NBC 4/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll. In May, Ms. Quinn led Mr. Weiner by almost the exact same margin, 24 percent to 19 percent.

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Next is former Comptroller Bill Thompson with 13 percent, public advocate Bill de Blasio with 10 percent, current Comptroller John Liu at 8 percent, Staten Island Minister Erick Salgado at 2 percent and former councilman Sal Albanese at 1 percent.

If no candidate gets 40 percent on Sept. 10, a run-off between the top two vote-getters would commence.

Mr. Weiner’s political career was left for dead when he resigned from Congress in 2011 after accidentally tweeting out a lewd photo of himself, but has apologized frequently for past transgressions, and these figures indicate New Yorkers are willing to entertain the idea of giving him a second chance.

The poll of 1,118 registered voters was taken from June 17-21 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points. The sample of 689 registered Democrats has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.