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Spitzer Takes Commanding Lead Over Stringer in the Latest Poll

By Colby Hamilton | August 14, 2013 12:30pm
 Former governor Eliot Spitzer.
Former governor Eliot Spitzer.
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NEW YORK CITY — Two feisty debate appearances don’t appear to be getting Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer any closer to former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, his rival in the comptroller’s race, polls show.

Spitzer has a commanding 19-point lead over Stringer among likely Democratic primary voters according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. With the exception of white voters, Spitzer led Stringer among a number of overall demographics, including men, 58 percent of whom picked him; women, 54 percent of whom picked him; and black voters, 68 percent of whom opted for Spitzer.

“Everyone seems to be against former Gov. Eliot Spitzer except the voters, especially black voters,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a statement. “Spitzer is all over the TV screens, building on his better name recognition and leaving Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in the dust.”

The poll of 579 likely Democratic primary voters was conducted from August 7 to 12, over both landlines and cellphones, and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.1 percent.