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Poll: Majority of NYC Democratic voters say Weiner should drop out

What a difference a new scandal makes.

Anthony Weiner, who in recent polls showed he had a decent chance of forcing a runoff in the New York City Democratic mayoral race, now holds fourth place, according to a new poll, with a majority of likely Democratic voters saying the former congressman should drop out.

Though his campaign manager Danny Kedem quit over the weekend, Weiner says he's staying in.

Fifty-three percent of likely Democratic voters say Weiner should drop out, according to a new Quinnipiac poll out Monday. And City Council Speaker Christine Quinn now leads Weiner by 11 points, 27-16 percent.

In a Quinnipiac poll released last week, Weiner had a 26-22 percent lead over Quinn.

In Monday's poll, public advocate Bill de Blasio and former comptroller William Thompson are also ahead of Weiner; at 21 and 20 percent, respectively.

Thompson and de Blasio joined several politicians last week in asking Weiner to end his mayoral bid. Though Eliot Spitzer didn't ask him to drop out, the candidate for NYC comptroller said on Hardball Monday that Weiner shouldn't be mayor. Following news last week that Weiner engaged in lewd online relationships after his resignation from Congress, the New York Times, among other media outlets, also called on Weiner to drop out.


He's faced testy exchanges with voters along the campaign trail - one of whom asked how he had the "moral authority" to be mayor - and ridicule from the media. But Weiner has insisted that he'll "never quit."

If Weiner were to leave the race, Quinn captures 30 percent of the vote while de Blasio and Thompson are tied in second place.

The poll of 446 likely New York City Democratic voters was taken from July 24-28 and has a margin of error of +/-4.6 percent.

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