- The Washington Times - Friday, August 16, 2013

A new survey on the New York City mayoral race shows disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner continuing to slide, while Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is now neck-and-neck with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Mr. de Blasio and Ms. Quinn each enjoy the support of 24 percent of Democratic primary voters, while former Controller Bill Thompson chalked up 18 percent of the party vote ahead of the Sept. 10 primary, according to the Wall Street Journal-NBC-Marist College survey.

Mr. Weiner, who at one time led the field, drew support from just 11 percent of those surveyed, while city comptroller John Liu brought in 5 percent.

However, 12 percent of Democratic voters remains undecided, according to the survey, which had a margin of error of plus-minus 5.2 percentage points.

The top candidate must secure 40 percent of the vote to avoid an Oct. 1 runoff between the top two vote-getters.

Publicity has focused on the hubbub surrounding Mr. Weiner, who recently admitted to exchanging explicit online messages with a woman even after he resigned from Congress in 2011 for similar behavior.

Mr. Weiner is married to Huma Abedin, a close aide to potential 2016 presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton.