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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Anthony Weiner (C) speaks to the media after courting voters outside a Harlem subway station a day after announcing he will enter the New York mayoral race on May 23, 2013 in New York City. Weiner is joining the Democratic race to succeed three-term Mayor Michael Bloomberg after he was forced to resign from Congress in 2011 following the revelation of sexually explicit online behavior. Credit: Getty Images

Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner is now the frontrunner in the race for the Democratic New York City mayoral nomination, according to a new poll.

The Wall Street Journal-NBC New York-Marist poll gives Weiner 25 percent of the vote. NYC City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is shown trailing by 5 points.

New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner shares a megaphone as he greets parade goers during the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Sunday, June 9, 2013, in New York. Credit: AP

Former Comptroller Bill Thompson claimed 13 percent of the vote, while Public Advocate Bill de Blasio took 10 percent and city Comptroller John Liu, 8 percent.

It is a dramatic comeback for Weiner who polled at 15 percent to Quinn's 26 percent in April. In May, he jumped up to 19 percent and Quinn dropped to 24 percent.

The new poll indicates that New York City voters are seemingly willing to overlook Wiener's sexting scandal that forced him to resign from Congress in 2011. He officially launched his mayoral campaign last month, releasing a campaign video in which he apologized for his "mistakes."

On the Republican side, the poll shows Joseph Lhota with 28 percent of the vote. He is trailed by John Catsimatidis, 21 percent, and George McDonald, 10 percent.

 

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