Weiner Flails, Spitzer Soars in New NY Polls

Aug 14, 2013 1:28pm
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New York City voters appear to be ready to give former Gov. Eliot Spitzer a chance.

A new poll released today shows that Spitzer has widened his lead against his Democratic rival Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, 56-37 in the race for city controller.

Spitzer, who resigned from the governorship in 2008 after he admitted to soliciting high-dollar prostitutes, has sought his political redemption in the job of New York’s principal budget officer.

The apparent success of Spitzer’s comeback campaign is in stark contrast to former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s attempt to re-enter public life, which has flailed as his campaign has worn on.

A Quinnipiac Poll yesterday found that Weiner’s support among Democratic primary voters has fallen to a low of 10 percent. Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after admitting that he sent lewd photos and messages to women online. During the campaign for mayor, he admitted he kept sexting as long as a year after he left congress, erasing his position as a frontrunner.

By comparison, Spitzer’s lead has grown in the last month. He also enjoys solid support from men, and women voters, and a 3 to 1 lead among black voters in the city.

The Democratic primary is slated to be held on Sept. 10.

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