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If Weiner gets into the race, he would have a campaign fund of more than $4.3 million and the possibility of nearly $1.5 million more in public matching funds.
With several Democrats vying for the nomination, it’s far from clear that any of them could emerge with the 40 percent needed to avoid a runoff. Some observers think Weiner could at least make it to the second round.
His candidacy could prove a headache for both the Democratic Party and his rivals.
"His issue becomes the issue — it will begin to overshadow aspects of this race," said Democratic former state Assemblyman Michael Benjamin, now a political consultant. "And it brings up the quality of Democrats who are running for public office" to an electorate already cynical about politicians, he said.
For some voters, Weiner would be asking too much.
"He isn’t a very smart guy, based on what he did. He can be swayed to do the wrong thing," said Dave Smith, a construction worker.
But advertising worker Ben Calarossi said he would vote for Weiner: "We all have social problems. We’re all sinners."
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