Anthony Weiner's Primary Lead Disappears

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July 25 2013 1:23 PM

"Carlos Danger" Lives Up to Billing, Costs Anthony Weiner His Primary Lead

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Anthony Weiner participates with fellow New York City mayoral candidates in the Gay Men's Health Crisis Mayoral Forum on HIV/AIDS on July 23, 2013 in New York City

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As common sense and yesterday's Quinnipiac poll—a survey that began before the world met Carlos Danger but ended after—suggested, the sequel (or is it a rerun?) to Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal has quickly done a number on how New York City voters view the disgraced-congressman-turned-disgraced-mayoral-candidate. But thanks to a new, post-Danger Marist poll we now have a better handle on that number: 14, as in the net number of points Weiner has already lost to his main rival for the Democratic nomination. NBC 4 New York with the details from the new survey, which was conducted for the affiliate and the Wall Street Journal:

Weiner's favorability rating among registered Democrats has tanked since June, from 52 percent to 30 percent, according to the poll conducted Wednesday. Over that same period, the percentage of Democrats who said they had an unfavorable impression of Weiner spiked from 36 to 55.
His lead over City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has also evaporated; 25 percent of Democrats said they'd now vote for her in the Sept. 10 Democratic primary, and 16 percent said they'd back Weiner. A poll conducted last month had Weiner leading Quinn 25 percent to 20 percent. ... Last month's poll showed 59 percent of Democrats saying Weiner deserved another chance. After this week's news, that number dropped to 47 percent, with 45 percent saying he didn't have the character to be mayor.
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Full Marist numbers here. (The good news for Weiner, I suppose, is that it's hard to imagine there's a whole lot of would-be voters out there in New York who haven't yet learned of the ex-congressman's recent online escapades.) Weiner, meanwhile, has repeatedly vowed that he won't drop out of the race. At this point, it's unclear exactly what else he has to lose.

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Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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