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New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner leaves his apartment building in New York on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. The former congressman acknowledged sending explicit text messages to a woman as recently as last summer, more than a year after sexting revelations destroyed his congressional career.
New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner admitted Thursday that he sent racy text messages to up to three women after he resigned in disgrace from Congress in 2011.
The admission came after Weiner, who resigned due to sexually explicit behavior while in office, was grilled by a reporter on Thursday about how many women he had sent sexual texts to. After dodging the question and saying it wasn't "dozens and dozens," Weiner admitted it was more like between six and 10.
Asked how many of those exchanges occurred since his resignation, he said "I don't believe I had any more than three."
News that Weiner's sexual online behavior continued after he resigned surfaced two days ago.
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"Some of these things happened before my resignation, some of them after," he said on Tuesday in a news conference, his wife, Huma Abedin, by his side.
Weiner had been leading in the mayoral polls until Thursday. A new NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll showed his favorability rating among registered Democrats has tanked since June, from 52 to 30 percent, according to the poll conducted Wednesday.
Weiner, 48, resigned in June 2011 after a suggestive photo was posted to his Twitter account. His comeback into politics was launched earlier this year when he announced he was eyeing the New York mayoral position.
The comeback became tainted by calls for him to step aside from the race from newspapers including the New York Times this week when a blog called The Dirty published conversations and photos of Weiner under the alias "Carlos Danger," in which he sent nude pictures to a woman who used the online pseudonym "Sydney Elaine Leathers."
In Tuesday's news conference, Abedin stood by Weiner, saying he has "made some horrible mistakes, both before he resigned form Congress, and after. But I do very strongly believe that that is between us and our marriage."
Weiner has vowed to stay in the race. He says his indiscretions have ended.
First published July 25 2013, 10:43 AM