NEW YORK CITY — A new poll shows Anthony Weiner leading the race to become New York City's Democratic mayoral nominee, according to reports published Tuesday.
A Wall Street Journal-NBC New York-Marist survey of registered Democrats showed the ex-congressman capturing 25 percent of votes, the Wall Street Journal reported — edging out longtime frontrunner Christine Quinn, who was the favorite of 20 percent of those polled.
The results show Weiner has surged in popularity since the last Marist poll in May, when he was the pick of 19 percent of Democratic voters compared to Quinn's 24 percent.
Weiner and City Council Speaker Quinn remained largely ahead of their Democratic rivals vying for the right to run for Gracie Mansion, according to the poll. Former city Comptroller Bill Thompson landed third with 13 percent of support, followed by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio at 10 percent and city Comptroller John Liu at 8 percent, the poll found.
According to NBC New York, Weiner also polled slightly better among women: 22 percent of Democrats surveyed said they would vote for him compared to the 21 percent who opted for Quinn.
Among registered Republicans, the new poll found former MTA chairman Joe Lhota leading the GOP primary race with 28 percent of votes, compared to rivals John Catsimatidis at 21 percent and George McDonald, who scored 10 percent.