It may be the return of Eliot Spitzer.
The former disgraced governor has opened up a massive 19-percentage-point lead over Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, a Quinnipiac University poll today found.
Spitzer led 58–37 percent among men, 54–36 percent among women and 68–21 percent among black voters. Stringer led 53 percent to 43 percent among white voters.
“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 sex scandal which led to Spitzer’s resignation as governor in 2008 is a legitimate issue, voters said 57 percent to 40 percent. But just 23 percent of voters said Spitzer’s rendezvous with prostitutes disqualifies him for office.
The primary is in four weeks.