Spitzer falls to Stringer in NYC comptroller primary

September 10, 2013

Former governor Eliot Spitzer's bid for political redemption came to an end late Tuesday, when he was defeated by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in the Democratic primary for comptroller of New York City.

With more than nine in 10 precincts reporting, the Associated Press had called the race for Stringer, who led Spitzer 52 percent to 48 percent.

Stringer will face Republican James Burnett, who was unopposed on the GOP side. The Democrat will be a heavy favorite to win in November.

Spitzer, a onetime rising Democratic star, resigned from office in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal. He launched his comeback bid in July, kicking off a populist campaign that sought to resurrect his image as a scourge of Wall Street.

But in the end, his pitch, paired with a major financial advantage, was not enough to convince voters to give him a second chance.

Sean Sullivan covers national politics for “The Fix.”
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