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NYC mayoral poll: Weiner narrowly trails Dem front-runner

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is narrowly trailing front-runner City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in New York's Democratic mayoral contest, according to a new Marist poll.

Quinn gets support of 24 percent of registered Democrats, Weiner gets 19 percent, City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio gets 12 percent, and former City Comptroller Bill Thompson gets 11 percent.

In a hypothetical Democratic run-off -- if no candidate gets 40 percent of the original vote -- Quinn tops Weiner (48 to 33 percent), de Blasio (48 to 30 percent), and Thompson (44 to 34 percent).

Strikingly, 53 percent of all NYC voters say Weiner deserves a second chance after resigning from Congress due to lewd Twitter messages he sent to followers. But registered Democrats have divided opinions about him -- 44 percent view him favorably, while an equal 44 percent view him negatively.

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