The race to be the next mayor of New York is heating up. According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Anthony Weiner has surged ahead with a five-point lead over the openly gay Christine Quinn.
Wiener has been the subject of scrutiny as of late. Last week, he failed to correct a voter who called Quinn a dyke. Wiener later apologized for the incident.
“Homophobia is vile and destructive and something I have fought against for the entirety of my career, including being a vocal supporter of gay marriage since 1998 and standing up on the floor of Congress for transgender Americans,” spokesperson Barbara Morgan said in behalf of Weiner’s office in a press release.
“¨”¨“I admonished the woman amid a large crowd on a street corner and by no means believe that anything about her comment was appropriate. If the impression is that I did, I apologize because behavior like this will absolutely not be tolerated in my administration.”
In previous polls, Quinn has led throughout the majority of the race. New York Times columnist Nate Silver, who accurately predicted the last presidential elections, has also stated his belief that Quinn will prevail.
“Ms. Quinn is likely to win the Democratic nomination, even if she has to face a runoff election first,” Silver predicted, based on poll analysis and historical precedent.
Quinn organized a city-wide design event and was vocal in rallying support to protest the recent rash of anti-LGBT crimes occurring in New York. If Quinn wins the race, she will be the first female mayor as well as the first openly gay mayor of New York.
Regarding the other candidates, Bill Thompson had a 2-point increase while public advocate Bill de Blasio decreased by 2 points. Candidates John Liu, Erick Salgado and Sal Albanese each have returns under 10 percent.