Anthony Weiner wants back in, as Christine Quinn’s lead shrinks

Briefing: Weiner, dropping out in 2009. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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Is there room for Anthony Weiner in the New York City mayor's race?

In a New York Times magazine cover story, which was posted online at 5 a.m., the former congressman who resigned over a sex scandal makes it clear he wants to run. He beat low expectations in 2005, aborted a bid in 2009 after being cuffed around by the Bloomberg campaign, and suggests that he views 2013 as a last chance.

The magazine refers on the cover to Weiner and his wife, longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, as a "former power couple."

An hour after the story was published, Quinnipiac University published a new poll, showing City Council Speaker Christine Quinn leading her rivals by five fewer points than in the last poll, in February. That five-point drop in her support, from 37 percent in February to 32 today, is the biggest change among any of the candidates.

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Bill Thompson went up two points since February and is now at 13; Bill de Blasio is at 14 points, the same exact place he was in the prior poll; John Liu is down, from 9 points to 7. More Democrats are undecided, according to the poll.

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"I think a lot of it came down to: I was in a world and a profession that had me wanting people’s approval." — Anthony Weiner

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