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Anthony Weiner's Old Seat Closely Contested Just Days Before Vote

Democrat David Weprin needs to draw more voter attention on Election Day than he did at this moment in a Queens, NY senior center if his party is to maintain Anthony Weiner's old seat. i i

hide captionDemocrat David Weprin needs to draw more voter attention on Election Day than he did at this moment in a Queens, NY senior center if his party is to maintain Anthony Weiner's old seat.

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Democrat David Weprin needs to draw more voter attention on Election Day than he did at this moment in a Queens, NY senior center if his party is to maintain Anthony Weiner's old seat.

Democrat David Weprin needs to draw more voter attention on Election Day than he did at this moment in a Queens, NY senior center if his party is to maintain Anthony Weiner's old seat.

Bebeto Matthews/AP

The contest to fill the congressional seat occupied by Democrat Anthony Weiner before his Twitter misbehavior forced his resignation is in its last few days and the Republican is leading by six points in the latest poll.

NPR's Joel Rose reported for All Things Considered on the race between Republican Bob Turner, who was ahead of Democrat David Weprin by six percentage points, according to a Sienna College poll of voters in the NY congressional district that takes in parts of Queens and Brooklyn and where Democrats hold a 3-to-1 registration advantage. Thus, Tuesday's special election could become a bitter day for New York and congressional Democrats.

An excerpt from Joel's story:

Queens native Douglas Muzzio, who teaches public affairs at Baruch College, said Weprin has hurt himself with some other prominent gaffes. For example, telling the New York Daily News editorial board that the national debt is 4 trillion dollars, instead of 14 trillion.

Queens assemblyman David Weprin was handpicked by Democratic leaders as their choice to replace Weiner.

"Weprin's got a money advantage. He's got an organizational advantage," Muzzio said. "He should win easily. But given the times, and his less than stellar performance in the race so far, it's tight."

Turner has raised eyebrows, too. He made news earlier in the week when he said: "As a Republican I never never met a loophole I didn't like." He later said it was a joke.

In the end, the redistricting gods may get the last laugh since the district is considered one of two in the state that may vanish, a result of reapportionment.

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