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Special Election Will Determine Congressman Weiner's Successor

Mario Tama/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In an attempt to put Congressman Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal quickly behind them, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for a special election on Sept. 13 to find a replacement for Weiner, who officially resigned last Thursday.

The special election will he held on the same day that New York is holding its primary for statewide elections.  Local party chairmen will decide who the candidates will be, rather than holding separate primaries.

On the Democratic side, New York City Council members Eric Gioia and Melinda Katz are the expected candidates, while New York City Councilman Eric Ulrich is the likely GOP pick.

The candidate who wins shouldn't get too comfortable.  Weiner's Brooklyn-Queens district is in the process of being redrawn, meaning that his old congressional seat could disappear before the 2012 regular election.

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