NYC mayoral hopefuls adjust to Weiner collapse

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By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City mayoral candidate Christine Quinn is stopping short of calling on rival Anthony Weiner (WEE'-nur) to quit the race in the midst of his latest sexting scandal.

Political experts say Weiner's insistence on staying in the race gives Quinn the perfect political foil.

Weiner's slide in the polls and Quinn's emergence as the new leader have given her much more media exposure. That allows her to draw a sharp contrast by touting her longer legislative record and lack of personal scandal.

But other Democratic rivals Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) and Bill Thompson are calling for Weiner to drop out. They say the former congressman's supporters likely would flock to them.

Weiner has vowed to stay in the race to succeed Michael Bloomberg.

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