Weiner and Spitzer lead in New York

Former congressman Anthony Weiner and former governor Eliot Spitzer are leading in their respective Democratic primaries in New York, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University.

The poll shows Weiner in the lead for the first time in the mayor's race, though his lead is within the margin of error. Weiner is at 25 percent, while City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is at 22 percent.

Bill Thompson, the 2009 Democratic nominee, is at 11 percent, while Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is at 10 percent.

In the comptroller's race, which Spitzer joined last week, he leads Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer 48 percent to 33 percent. That finding mirrors a Marist College poll released last week.

Both men lead in part because of their large advantage among male voters.

Weiner leads Quinn 29 percent to 21 percent among male voters. The two are neck and neck among women. Spitzer leads among men by 20 points and among women by 12.

Weiner's path to victory remains more difficult than Spitzer's, though, as the Democratic mayoral primary will go to a runoff if no candidate gets 40 percent of the vote.

But the poll shows Quinn -- Weiner's likely runoff opponent -- has pretty similar personal favorability numbers, which suggests both would have liabilities in that race. Weiner's favorable rating is 42 percent, with 36 percent unfavorable. Quinn's split is 39/34.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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