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Voters pass judgment on Weiner, Spitzer comebacks

September 11, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City voters were not in a forgiving mood for a brash New Yorker whose career was shattered by a sex scandal.

With 45 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, Anthony Weiner was far behind in the Democratic mayoral primary, with about 5 percent of the vote.

Another politician with a controversial past was in a tight race. Eliot Spitzer was lagging in the contest for city comptroller, with Scott Stringer, the Manhattan borough president, leading with 52 percent of the vote.

Weiner quit Congress in 2011 after sending lewd messages and pictures to women. And Spitzer resigned as governor in 2008 after having sex with prostitutes.

A onetime front-runner, Weiner was polling in fourth place as primary day arrived. His campaign all but collapsed after he was caught sexting again.

 
 

 

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