Poll: Spitzer’s lead erased in New York City comptroller race

August 29, 2013
Eliot Spitzer failed to vote in 2012. (Seth Wenig/AP)
Eliot Spitze (Seth Wenig/AP)

Eliot Spitzer's 19-point lead in the New York City comptroller's race is gone, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University.

The poll shows Spitzer is now tied at 46 percent in the Democratic primary with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.

Spitzer led 57-38 in the same poll conducted just two weeks ago.

The newer poll also suggests that Stringer's voters are slightly more committed. While 13 percent of Stringer supporters say there is a good chance they could change their mind, 18 percent of Spitzer supporters say the same.

Stringer has gained ground among the most liberal voters, leading 60-35 among those who self-describe as "very liberal."

Spitzer has also lost what had been a big advantage with black voters. He led in this demographic by 47 points two weeks ago; now he leads by just 12.

Spitzer is the second scandal-plagued politician to rise quickly and then lose ground in New York City's municipal elections. Anthony Weiner is now all but out of contention in the New York City mayor's race after gaining an early lead in the Democratic primary. The same Quinnipiac poll showed him at 8 percent — well behind front-runner Bill de Blasio (36 percent).

The primary is set for Sept. 10.

Update 4:33 p.m.: Another poll, from Edelman Berland's Mike Berland, shows a similar race: Spitzer 46, Stringer 43.

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