Anthony Weiner has plummeted to fourth place in the New York City Democratic primary for mayor, according to a new Quinnipiac University survey released on Monday.
After a brutal week of scandal amid new revelations of his lewd online behavior, Weiner has dropped 10 points from Quinnipiac's last survey.
Here are the horse-race numbers:
- City Council Speaker Christine Quinn: 27%
- Public Advocate Bill de Blasio: 21%
- Former Comptroller Bill Thompson: 20%
- Anthony Weiner: 16%
The numbers for Weiner are brutal. By a 53-40 margin, likely Democratic primary voters say he should drop out of the race. His 16% support is down from 26% a week ago, when he was still the technical front-runner in the Democratic primary.
Weiner admitted last week to online sexual relationships with at least three women after resigning from Congress in 2011. In total, he estimated that he had online relationships with between six and 10 women both during his time in Congress and otherwise.
He announced on Sunday that amid the scandal, his campaign manager, Danny Kadem, had quit.
The big surprise of the poll is de Blasio, who has jumped from 15% in Quinnipiac's last survey to 21% today. Quinn's support has gotten an 8-point bump, from 22% to 30%. And Thompson has stood pat at 20% over the past week.
"With six weeks to go, anything can happen, but it looks like former Congressman Anthony Weiner may have sexted himself right out of the race for New York City mayor," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
"And with Wiener in free-fall, it begins to look like a three-way race again."
If Weiner does drop out — something he has thus far refused to do in the wake of the new revelations — Quinn would lead the field with 30%, while de Blasio and Thompson each grab 25%.
As last week's poll also showed, Weiner's fall could be great news for Thompson. He continues to lead Quinn in a potential runoff matchup, 50-40. The key for him, however, is getting to the runoff by finishing in the top-two spots in the primary.
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