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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s a stunning development in the New York City elections.

The so-called “tabloid twins” — Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer — are number one in the polls in their respective races.

And it’s support from African-American voters that has lifted them up, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported Tuesday.

It could be the notoriety factor, or maybe just that some voters are more forgiving, but the deacons of desire, sexting scandal king Weiner and “Client Number 9” Spitzer, are right now the flavors of the month among city voters.

“I give everybody a second chance. A person can learn from their mistakes everybody deserves a second chance,” Harlem resident Preston Price said.

“I know it was a dark time in their past, but I feel they came out and apologized for the things that happened. They should have a second chance at running for office,” Harlem resident Grisel Estrada added.

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