Anthony Weiner continues to slip in the polls in the New York City mayoral Democratic nomination fight following revelations last week that he continued to send sexually explicit electronic messages to women even after his 2011 resignation from Congress.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has regained her lead over the crowded field, garnering 27 percent support compared to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's 21 percent, former Comptroller Bill Thompson's 20 percent and Weiner's 16 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released late Monday.
"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, in a memo accompanying the poll results. "And with Wiener in free-fall, it begins to look like a three-way race again."
According to the poll, about 53 percent of Democratic voters say Weiner should drop out, but he has vowed to remain in the race despite losing his chief of staff, who resigned over the weekend. Last week in a joint press conference with his wife, former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, Weiner pledged to stay in the race and he has repeatedly said it's up to voters to decide his political fate.
"As I have said in the past, these things that I did were wrong and hurtful to my wife and caused us to go through challenges in our marriage that extended past my resignation from Congress," he said.
The poll showed an increasing number of voters who said his lewd behavior disqualifies him to be mayor – 40 percent compared to 23 percent who said so in a similar survey from last week.
A race without Weiner shows Quinn leading with 30 percent and de Blasio and Thompson tied at 25 percent.
"Lots of potential voters have been staying home in primaries and this poll evaluates those who are likely to turn up September 10," Carroll said. "This is our second survey of these likely Democratic primary voters, a more nuanced look than earlier surveys of all registered voters."
Meanwhile, there are conflicting reports on what the Clintons have to say about the ongoing saga. Bill Clinton presided over Weiner and Abedin's wedding and Hillary Clinton has likened Abedin to a second daughter. But a report in the New York Post said Bill and Hillary Clinton were "livid" with comparisons between Abedin and the former first lady. But according to CNN, the couple is actually just "livid" with Weiner.
Officially, the Clintons have declined to endorse anyone so far in the mayoral race.
The poll surveyed 446 likely Democratic primary voters July 24-28 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.6 percent.