Weiner gaining in New York mayor's race

Anthony Weiner is gaining in the Democratic primary for New York City mayor, according to a new poll from Marist College.

The poll shows City Council Speaker Christine Quinn continues to lead, at 24 points, with Weiner slightly behind at 19 percent. That five-point gap is down from 11 in April, when Weiner’s potential candidacy first made news. At that point, Quinn led 26 percent to 15 percent.

In the new poll, the remainder of the Democratic field lags behind Quinn and Weiner, with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio at 12 percent, 2009 nominee Bill Thompson at 11 percent and Comptroller John Liu at 8 percent.

Of course, the name of the game in the Democratic primary is getting to 40 percent — something that seems increasingly difficult for anybody to reach in such a wide field. If no candidate accomplishes that, the top two candidates go to a runoff.