From the Wall Street Journal:
“Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner leads City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in the race for New York City’s Democratic mayoral nomination for the first time, snatching the frontrunner mantle as the contest heads into the final months before the primary, the latest survey from The Wall Street Journal-NBC New York-Marist showed.
Among registered Democrats, Mr. Weiner had 25% of the vote, compared with Ms. Quinn, who had 20%, marking her lowest level of support since polling of the race began. Trailing them were former Comptroller Bill Thompson, at 13%, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, 10% and city Comptroller John Liu, 8%.”
People have been downplaying Weiner’s chances, but this not unexpected. Ever since he entered the race last month, he has been steadily rising in the polls. He’s a charismatic guy, and even with the black mark of the sexting scandal he can draw a crowd.
If I were a betting man, and I’m not, he’d be my pick for the Democratic nomination. His main opponent, Christine Quinn, has been struggling as of late and doesn’t seem to be nearly as skilled as Weiner in the art of politics. However, this is not necessarily good news for the Democrats. Of all the candidates, I’d say Weiner would be the weakest in the November general election and his nomination will open the door for the Republican front runner, Joe Lhota.
It’s important to remember that this city hasn’t elected a Democratic mayor since 1989. That should give some Democrats pause before jumping on the Weiner bandwagon.