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Anthony Weiner Fades In New York Mayoral Race
Disgraced New York mayor hopeful Anthony Weiner has fallen to fourth place in the city's Democratic race.
But the former congressman was still the centre of attention in a heated televised debate.
In his opening statement he was contrite, saying: "I said from the beginning of this campaign that there were things in my personal background that I was embarrassed by.
"Things I worked out with my wife in the privacy of our own home, but were unfortunately being played out in front of the whole country.
"I have nothing but regret for those things, and I am deeply sorry for them.
"But I have also been someone who's had a public life that has been bed-rocked in its consistency in what I've been fighting for."
The name 'Weiner' is a tricky one for any public figure but for one currently waist deep in a bumper sex scandal - it is far from helpful.
Anthony Weiner fell from political grace in 2011 after a 'sexting' scandal: he text-messaged young women with x-rated images of himself, one of which he posted on Twitter.
He skulked off to the sidelines only to re-emerge two years later as a favourite in the race for New York mayor.
The tale of redemption soon turned sour, though - Weiner had been at it again.
Cue mea culpa number two - this time with his wife and former top aide to Hillary Clinton firmly by his side. But Huma Abedin was noticeably absent from her husband's side at Tuesday night's debate.
But Weiner's indiscretions were never far away. He sparred most frequently with fellow Democratic mayoral candidate Christine Quinn who bit back with vigour.
She said: "I think it's very clear to New Yorkers that neither me nor anybody else on this stage should be lectured by Anthony Weiner about what we need to apologise for, tonight or ever."
Outside the TV studios Weiner's diminishing, though committed, band of supporters chanted his name with gusto.
But it will take much more to pull what is widely regarded as a doomed bid back from the brink.