Women keep Weiner up in New York

I’ve spent most of my life trying, but when I read stories like this, it’s clear to me that no matter how much effort I put forth, I’ll never, ever, understand women.

When Anthony Weiner entered the New York City mayor’s race last month, few observers expected the disgraced former congressman to become a front-runner to succeed Michael Bloomberg.

Fewer still anticipated that Weiner would poll particularly well among women.

But two surveys released this week show that the married Weiner, who resigned from Congress in 2011 after first lying about and then admitting to lewd online behavior, has surged into the top tier of a crowded Democratic field and that his support among female voters is robust.

A Quinnipiac poll released on Wednesday afternoon found the race to be a statistical three-way tie with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn at 19 percent, Weiner at 17 percent, and former City Comptroller Bill Thompson at 16 percent.

All three were well below the 40 percent threshold required to avoid a runoff, but the most eye-catching numbers were in the poll’s cross-tabs that break down voter preferences by gender.

Weiner trailed Quinn among men, 23 percent to 19 percent. But among women, they were tied for the lead, with each candidate garnering 16 percent of support.

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