TODAY   |  July 26, 2013

Anthony Weiner loses lead in race for NYC mayor

The former congressman, running in the primary to be New York City's mayor, offered new specifics about how many women he sexted after resigning in 2011, saying “I don’t believe I had any more than three” conversations. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports.

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>> to the widening sexting scandal involving anthony weiner . he admits to sending messages to as many as three women after re-signing on disgrace. kelly o'donnell is on the story for us. good morning to you.

>> good morning savannah. anthony weiner keeps talking and we get new specifics. a range for how many women were involved in his secretive life of racy messages leaving open the possibility there could be more and we meet a 24-year-old woman dpifigiving her side of the online encounters.

>> reporter: anthony weiner helped out at a brooklyn soup kitchen where he stirred the pot again.

>> it's not dozens and dozens. it's six to ten i suppose but i can't tell you absolutely what someone else is going to consider inappropriate or not.

>> feeling more heat, he offered more specifics about how many women he or his online alter ego carlos danger secretly sexted with after he quit congress in 2011 .

>> how many did you have with women after you re-signed that were sexual in nature.

>> i don't believe more than three.

>> she claims to be aparamore online and by phone.

>> i feel sick about it. i'm disgusted by him. she said sexting and phone sex went on with him for several months. he sent her explicit pictures of himself.

>> i was shocked that he was willing to do that and the fact that it was his idea was even more shocking.

>> the fall out can be measured and looking daunting for his political future. a new poll taken after the latest scandal broke shows him losing what had been a narrow lead. now christine quinn is out front with 25%. weiner drops to 16% in the poll. among democrats surveyed, 55% have an unfavorable view of weiner. he said he did get treatment.

>> i'll leave it to the voters. if they believe this is disqualifying or they will never vote for me, i understand that.

>> reporter: he says he has had therapy that helped and insists the online relationships were over and says he and his wife all knew this would be part of the campaign. but imagine another six and a half weeks of this before the campaign.

>> oh. thank you very much.