- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 14, 2013

New York City mayoral candidate Democrat Anthony Weiner may be on the final legs of his race, if the most recent poll numbers that put him in last place hold true.

A Quinnipiac University Polling Institute survey released Tuesday gives Bill de Blasio the lead, with 30 percent of likely voters rallying around him. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, meanwhile, comes in second with 24 percent of respondents’ support, followed by comptroller William Thompson, who touts 22 percent.

Mr. Weiner, meanwhile, whose political comeback campaign has been marked and tainted by continuing sexting scandals — more of the same that brought down his Capitol Hill career as a congressman — only has 10 percent of survey respondents’ support. And that’s a considerable fall from the same poll, taken just two weeks previously, and from mid-July, when he led the race, USA Today reported.

Even blacks, one of Mr. Weiner’s largest support base, have abandoned him, the poll finds. At the end of July, Mr. Weiner still had 24 percent of black voters. In the Monday poll, that support fell to 8 percent. Their candidate of choice? Thirty-nine percent of black voters now support Mr. Thompson, who is the only black candidate running for the mayor’s office.

“A few weeks ago, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio looked like an also-ran. Today, he’s the leader of the pack and a winner in the runoffs. Follow the bouncing ball, folks. This line-up keeps changing,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a posted statement. “Nobody thinks former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner will pack it in, but 52 percent of likely Democratic primary voters wish he’d go away and 51 percent say they’d never vote for him.”

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