Anthony Weiner's lead disappears in New York City mayor's race

1:05 PM, Jul 25, 2013   |    comments
Anthony Weiner (L), a leading candidate for New York City mayor, stands with his wife Huma Abedin (C) during a press conference on July 23, 2013 in New York City. Weiner addressed news of new allegations that he engaged in lewd online conversations with a woman after he resigned from Congress for similar previous incidents. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY

Anthony Weiner has lost his lead in the New York City mayor's race following revelations he continued to send lewd messages online to women after he resigned from Congress in 2011, according to a new poll released Thursday.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn now leads with 25% support among Democratic primary voters compared to 16% for Weiner, according to the poll.

The poll by NBC 4 New York, The Wall Street Journal and the Marist Institute for Public Opinion is the first taken since Weiner acknowledged he continued to send salacious messages.

Their June poll on the race showed Weiner leading Quinn by 5 percentage points.

"For many Democrats the latest revelations about Anthony Weiner are more of the same, only more so," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. "Weiner has lost his lead and his negatives are at an all-time high."

Party primaries are Sept. 10. If no candidate gets more than 40% of the vote, there will be a runoff on Oct. 1.

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