Weiner Leads New York Mayoral Race in First, Poll Shows

Former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner leads seven Democrats seeking to be New York’s next mayor, topping City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for the first time, a voter survey shows.

Weiner led with 25 percent of registered Democrats compared with 20 percent for Quinn, according to the NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal poll yesterday. The survey of 689 Democrats, which had a margin for error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points, was conducted last week by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion in Poughkeepsie, New York.

It’s the worst showing for Quinn, who’s been considered the frontrunner for months, since polling for the race began. In a May Marist survey, Quinn led Democrats at 24 percent to Weiner’s 19 percent. Lee Miringoff, director of the institute, said poll results would be released to the public today.

Following Weiner and Quinn among Democrats were former Comptroller Bill Thompson, 13 percent; Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, 10 percent, and city Comptroller John Liu, 8 percent, according to the Journal. The Rev. Erick Salgado got 2 percent and former Councilman Sal Albanese received 1 percent, while 18 percent were undecided.

Weiner, 48, resigned two years ago, after 12 years in the House of Representatives, after posting lewd photographs of himself online, then falsely claiming he was victimized by hackers. He has mounted his campaign without support from the traditional political building blocks such as Democratic Party organizations, labor unions or elected officials.

Democrats outnumber Republicans in the city by about 6-to-1 among registered voters. If no candidate gets 40 percent in a Sept. 10 primary, the top two finishers in each party will compete in an Oct. 1 runoff.

Republican Leader

On the Republican side, Joe Lhota, the former head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, led with 28 percent, the Journal said. John Catsimatidis, a self-made billionaire, trailed with 21 percent. Behind them was George McDonald, who heads a nonprofit fund for the homeless, with 10 percent. The poll of 123 Republicans had a margin of error of 8.8 percentage points, according to the newspaper.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP, is barred by law from seeking a fourth term in City Hall.

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