NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Eliot Spitzer’s quest for a political comeback was derailed Tuesday night, as Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer defeated the former governor in New York City’s comptroller race.
With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Stringer had 52 percent of the vote, while Spitzer had 48 percent.
“This is a very proud night,” Stringer said. “The voters listened. We got out in the streets. We built a coalition.”
In his concession speech, Spitzer said he presumes Stringer will win the election when he faces Republican John Burnett on Nov. 5.
“I’ve been honored to serve,” Spitzer said. “I’ve been honored to be an assistant district attorney, attorney general, governor, serve the public in many and varied capacities. For me, politics was never a profession, it was a cause. It was a calling to serve and to try to fight for those issues that we believed in.”