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Dems tap Weprin to run for Weiner's seat

Democratic leaders have chosen a state lawmaker from Queens to run for the seat vacated by former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned his seat in New York's 9th Congressional District last month after a sexting scandal.

Assemb. David Weprin, 55, was expected to be formally nominated today by leaders of the Queens and Brooklyn Democratic parties, an adviser to Weprin, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Thursday.

Weprin will be heavily favored to win the Sept. 13 special election.

While Republicans are expected to announce a nominee soon, no Republican has ever won the seat and the national party was not expected to invest significant resources in the contest. -- AP

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