Latest Data Show 47 Percent For Stringer, 45 Percent For Spitzer

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A new poll showed Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer edging ahead of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer in the New York City comptroller race.

The Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday showed Stringer with the anticipated support of 47 percent of likely primary voters, compared with 45 percent for Spitzer.

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“The Democratic primary for New York City comptroller is no longer an Eliot Spitzer romp. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has made the comptroller race a nail-biter, too close to call,” Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a news release.

A poll last Thursday showed the candidates in a dead heat, 46 percent to 46 percent. On Aug. 14, another poll showed Spitzer with a comfortable and decisive lead, with 56 percent compared with 37 percent for Stringer.

The pollsters also examined certain demographic, finding men went 49 percent for Stringer and 46 percent for Stringer. Black voters continued to back Spitzer– 61 percent to 32 percent – while white voters were similarly enthusiastic for Stringer – 60 percent to 36 percent.

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The Stringer campaign was delighted with the results.

“New Yorkers are looking for a Comptroller with a proven record of honesty and integrity who will fight for the middle class and those struggling to make it,” the Stringer campaign said in a statement. “Scott’s plan to cut waste so we can invest in programs that really work is breaking through with New Yorkers.”

The poll was taken between Wednesday, Aug. 28, and Sunday, Sept. 1. It surveyed 750 likely Democratic primary voters with a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points.

Spitzer resigned as governor in 2008, following a prostitution scandal.

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