The Anthony Weiner mayoral campaign, in 8 pictures

September 11, 2013

Former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner's attempt at political resurrection ended with a whimper -- or, more accurately, a finger -- on Tuesday when he won just 5 percent in the Democratic primary for New York City mayor.

Weiner's fifth-place finish -- and the car-accident-in-motion sort of campaign he ran -- virtually ensures that he won't be back on the political scene anytime soon. But before Weiner disappears completely (Radiohead reference!), it's worth re-living the campaign that was. To do that, we scoured hundreds of images in search of a handful that captured the absurdity, pathos and just plain strangeness of the campaign. We settled on eight. They're below.

1. After an initial surge in polling, Weiner held a press conference acknowledging more sexting.


Reuters/Eric Thayer

2.  Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, spoke out on her husband's behalf.


EPA/Andrew Kelly

3. It didn't work. Weiner's poll numbers tanked. Then things started to get weird....


Getty Images/Michael Loccisano

4. ...and then they got weirder. Way weirder.


AP/Tina Fineberg

5. Weiner's mother stayed loyal to her son.


Getty Images/Michael Nagle

6.  And the candidate continued to campaign relentlessly.


EPA/Justin Lane

7. But, as the race wound down, Weiner came unraveled.


AP/Shimon Gifter

8. And before you knew it, it was all over.


AP/Jin Lee
Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.
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