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Spitzer Hits The Streets, Campaigns Outside Queens Subway Station

Spitzer Challenging Scott Stringer For Dem. Nomination In Comptroller's Race
Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer is running for New York City Comptroller. (credit: CBS 2)

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer is running for New York City Comptroller. (credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer has held his first official voter meet-and-greet since getting on the ballot for New York City comptroller.

Spitzer shook hands and handed out flyers Tuesday morning outside the 82nd Street subway station in Jackson Heights, Queens.

For the most part, he was warmly received. He chatted with sleepy straphangers, asking them to remember to vote in the Sept. 10 primary.

He was surrounded by reporters. But the media scrum was far smaller than when he handed out ballot petitions in Manhattan’s Union Square two weeks ago.

Since then, Spitzer has not had much interaction with voters. He addressed a few church congregations over the weekend, but he’s mostly focused on nationally televised interviews.

He campaigned for 25 minutes before leaving in a waiting town car.

Spitzer announced he was tossing his hat into the ring just days before the deadline to register approached.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer had been running unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

Recent polls showed Spitzer with a lead over Stringer, though Stringer picked up several endorsements on Monday from women’s rights groups and from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

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